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LOCKPORT – Eastern Niagara Hospital showed guests and dignitaries the site of its new $3 million outpatient surgery center Thursday.

The $3 million Niagara Regional Surgery Center, expected to open in mid-July, is to be placed inside the hospital’s existing outpatient building at 5875 S. Transit Road.

The facility will offer orthopedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, and general surgery, hospital spokeswoman Carolyn A. Moore said.

It will be located in a building that already hosts also includes Western New York Occupational Medicine, Express Care, and the hospital’s imaging center.

Moore said the hospital, formed from the amalgamation of Lockport Memorial Hospital and Newfane Inter-Community Hospital, is responding to a perceived demand for more outpatient services in the eastern Niagara region.

The 13,500-square-foot facility will include about 18 new full- and part-time jobs, Moore said, such as nurses, operating room technicians and clerical staff.

Telco Construction of East Aurora is the general contractor. The hospital financed the project rather than hold a fund drive, Moore said.

Dignitaries attending included Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith, Mayor Michael W. Tucker, State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Niagara County Legislator David E. Godfrey, R-Wilson, a member of the hospital board of directors, whose chairman is Lockport attorney George V.C. Muscato.

Also, HEALTHeLINK, the regional digital patient information exchange, announced that Eastern Niagara Hospital has joined up. Spokeswoman Laura A. Jacobs said Eastern Niagara is the last hospital in Niagara County to join the network.

Kaleida Health and the Catholic Health System were the founders of the network, which gives doctors at participating facilities immediate access to clinical information on patients, including lab and radiology reports, prescription histories, and other transcribed reports, regardless of where that information was originally recorded.

Jacobs said that all of the full-service hospitals in the eight counties of Western New York are now sharing patient health information through the exchange.

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