Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on Monday received the first major donation for its new hospital to be built on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
The Children’s Guild Foundation presented $2 million for the neonatal intensive care unit to leaders of Kaleida Health and Women & Children’s Hospital during an announcement in the lobby of the Gates Vascular Institute, overlooking the proposed site of the new hospital on Ellicott Street.
It is the largest single gift given by the foundation in its 102-year history.
“Since our beginnings in 1910, The Children’s Guild Foundation has stayed true to its original purpose and passion of helping children with special needs,” said Wendy T. Stahlka, chairwoman of the foundation board. “Our partnership with Children’s Hospital and other nonprofits in the Western New York area has enabled us to fully extend our efforts into the ever-evolving areas of medical and rehabilitative care. We have found that while the times change, the needs do not diminish, and neither do the opportunities before us.”
“As excitement about our physician- and family-led plans for a new Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo continues to build throughout our community, this gift gives us great momentum for the move,” said James R. Kaskie, president and chief executive officer of Kaleida Health, as he thanked the foundation for its leadership.
Nearly 800 newborns are admitted to Women & Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit annually. Of those, approximately 250 are transferred from throughout Western New York and beyond by a ground and air transport team staffed by neonatal nurse practitioners and respiratory therapists.
Expanded services at Women & Children’s Hospital – along with continued trends of more patients receiving care in an ambulatory setting, and proximity to Kaleida Health and other ongoing development – were major factors considered by a physician-led steering committee to propose constructing a new, free-standing hospital on the medical campus. An ambulatory care building housing outpatient clinics and other support programs for Women & Children’s also will be constructed by Ciminelli Real Estate immediately behind and connected by bridges to the new hospital. Construction of both is planned for completion in late 2015.