Catholic Health Executives to Present at National Healthcare Facilities Symposium

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September 20, 2013

Executives from Catholic Health will travel to Chicago, IL in October to present “Hospital Reuse Marries Mission & Margin with New Tier III+ Data Center” at the 2013 Healthcare Facilities Symposium to be held at Navy Pier.

Their presentation will chronicle Catholic Health’s strategic redevelopment of the former Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna, NY.

Fulfilling a promise not to abandon the facility, Catholic Health transformed a significant portion of the campus into a senior neighborhood, including 74 apartments for low to moderate income seniors, the Catholic Health LIFE program, a federally qualified Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and a household-model 84-bed skilled nursing facility.

Even with these vibrant services, substantial space remained unused on the campus.

Catholic Health presenters will share how the system developed an innovative idea to build one of the most unique data center facilities on the East Coast – one with enough capacity to handle the sophisticated clinical information technology deployed at Catholic Health, and still have enough room to market space to other organizations from a wide range of industries throughout the Northeast.

Presenting at the conference for Catholic Health will be:

  • David Vitka, vice president, planning and property management
  • Patricia O’Connor, executive director, Our Lady of Victory Renaissance Corporation & administrator, Mercy Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Michael DiGiore, director, Victory Technology Center

Peter Capelli, vice president IT and network infrastructure will join the presenters in Chicago. 

The presentation is scheduled to take place on October 2, the second day of the symposium.

“We’re excited to be able to share this story with healthcare leaders from across the country,” said Vitka. “It’s a unique and compelling story and one for which we, and the entire Western New York community, can be proud.”

The Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo is a national event for industry leaders, from design firms to healthcare owners, to come together to share best practices, explore new concepts and discover products and solutions. The mission of the Symposium is to create a multi-disciplinary environment that inspires attendees to evoke change and the advancement of a better delivery of healthcare through the physical space.