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ECMC Tops Off Kidney Transplant Center
ECMC Tops Off Kidney Transplant Center

Steelworkers “topped off” the frame for a $27 million Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation & Kidney Care at Erie County Medical Center that is part of a consolidation of transplant and dialysis programs with Kaleida and Great Lakes Health.

In a symbolic ceremony commemorating the end of the first phase of the 18-month project, crews hoisted a 31-foot steel girder to the top of the building. ECMC employees signed the girder over the last three weeks.

The center is part of a five-year, $150 million project on ECMC’s Health Campus that when complete will provide good-paying jobs and health-focused economic development centered in a section of Buffalo that has seen too little of both. The project, which includes demolition of eight buildings on the 65-acre ECMC property, will also support hundreds of construction workers’ jobs over the next 12 months.

“This ‘topping off” ceremony of ECMC’s new Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation & Kidney Care, is proof that our area can continue to grow and  that we can bring better care to our region and ECMC’s Medical Campus,” said Jody L. Lomeo, ECMC’s CEO. “This is the most dramatic demonstration so far of more than $150 million in expansion projects that will improve ECMC’s patient care and benefit our surrounding neighborhoods in the next five years.”

The $150 million, financed in part by a capital improvements fund the hospital’s board set aside in 2009 and a bond issue, is the largest investment in Buffalo’s East Side in many years. ECMC already supports nearly 2,500 jobs here.

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