our hospital is moving!

For over 125 years, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo has cared for babies, kids and moms from Western New York and beyond. Our hospital is one of only 43 standalone children's hospitals in the country—so it's a place we're lucky to have, and committed to making the best it can be.

In 2017, we're moving to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to continue being the best partner to our community by bringing our patients and families innovative, quality care.

After the move, our hospital will have a new name to match its new home: the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital. It will be more accessible to patients, located right near other incredible hospitals and facilities, and be a state‑of‑the‑art hospital designed for patients and their families.

John R. Oishei Children's Hospital

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818 Ellicott Street | Buffalo, NY 14203

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for more information about the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, or our plans for the move? Explore some of our most frequently asked questions.

The vision for the new hospital is to be recognized as the innovator, the highest quality, highest value provider and partner, and the regional referral center for women and children's health care for Kaleida Health, Western New York and beyond.

Goals:

  • Commitment to quality and safety
  • Clinical complexity
  • Physician/staff expertise
  • Research and innovation
  • Education
  • Patient- and family-centered care
  • Program brand and market draw
  • Partnership with payors and community

As a result of an unprecedented $10 million donation, the new facility will be named after industrialist and philanthropist John R. Oishei, a native Buffalonian who established the charitable John R. Oishei Foundation in 1940.

The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region. John R. Oishei established the Foundation that bears his name with the mandate to concentrate support on medical research, healthcare and education in the Buffalo area along with cultural and social needs. For more information, please go online at www.oisheifdt.org.

After considering several of the most respected and experienced architect firms in the U.S., Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott of Boston, MA, was selected to construct a new women's and children's hospital for their expertise in designing clinically complex facilities that emphasize patient and family-centered care with operational efficiency as well as distinctive architectural forms.

With more than a century of healthcare experience, Shepley Bulfinch is a national design leader in award-winning design for some of the country's best children's hospitals. The firm's relationship with Children's Hospital Boston began in 1914, and includes the award-winning Berthiaume Family South Building. The pediatric specialty center nearing completion at Children's Hospital of Michigan is expected to have a transformative impact in fostering a culture of wellness for the children of Detroit. The 2009 patient tower for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, home to the regionally acclaimed Herma Heart Center, is also a distinctive and prominent Milwaukee landmark.

Shepley Bulfinch is ranked in the top 30 healthcare design firms by Modern Healthcare and among the country's top 100 Green Design Firms by Engineering News-Record.

Shepley Bulfinch's connections to Buffalo stretch back to 1870, when its founder, noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson, completed the Buffalo Psychiatric Hospital (today the H.H. Richardson Complex). The firm later designed two buildings for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. More recently, the firm completed a facilities master plan for Roswell Park Cancer Institute in 2006.

The City of Buffalo is in the process of building a new 1,800 space ramp. In addition, there will be several other ramps, surface lots and street parking options.

Led by Teresa Quattrin, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of New York at Buffalo, and Pediatrician-in-Chief, Chief, Division of Endocrinology/Diabetes, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, the hospital's Physician-led Steering Committee is comprised of more than four dozen physicians, representing a broad section of the community, including university and private practice. A vision and mission for the Oishei Children's Hospital and Oishei Children's Outpatient Center and were established by the physician-led steering committee to provide direction for facility projections using market and other data.

The current location of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB) provides world-class care, but the facility is landlocked by its residential neighborhood, and its 125-year infrastructure is past its efficient effective age. Coupling those factors with the emerging growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the relocation of the University at Buffalo Medical School resulted in the Physician Strategic Planning Committee (PSPC) identifying the preferred location of the future hospital at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus site, less than two miles away. WCHOB is part of a regional not for profit system, Kaleida Health. Kaleida Health has played an integral role in the creation of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which has created an environment of collaboration among the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and several other centers of excellence. WCHOB presently remains a stranded asset isolated from the medical campus with the pressing need to consolidate infrastructure, collaborate with campus partners and be connected to the many resources on campus.

Yes. Many physicians are looking to the Oishei Children's Hospital as a place where their excellence can be demonstrated and their technical and professional abilities can be enhanced.

The $270 million project is being funded through a $120,042,400 HUD loan, federal and state grants — including a $35 million commitment from New York State — and nearly $50 million in philanthropy and community donations.

The new Oishei Children's Hospital will deliver 100% of the current services in just over 50% of the space occupied by the current facility on Bryant Street. The historic project will right-size and consolidate services in a 12-floor, 185-bed, free-standing, modern facility.

Outpatient care describes medical care or treatment that does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or medical facility. Outpatient care may be administered in a medical office or a hospital, but most commonly, it is provided in a medical office or outpatient surgery center.

Learn more about our outpatient center

Inpatient care is the care of patients whose condition requires admission to a hospital.

The emergency department will move with the inpatient hospital in November 2017.

Kaleida Health has named Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation the designated developer for the redevelopment of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Ciminelli is proposing QueensLight, a transformational project featuring residential, educational, retail, hospitality and public spaces that is designed to bring new energy to the Elmwood Village. Their partners include Tapestry Charter School, EduKids, Delaware Soccer Club, INNVest Lodging Services, S(P)ark! Buffalo, Resource Art and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

This initiative will ensure the best and brightest doctors, the most advanced technology and programs, extensive research, dedicated and compassionate staff, and the utmost attention to patient and family-centered care for our children in Buffalo and Western New York. Most importantly, it positions us to be recognized as the best comprehensive hospital for children and mothers in the nation.

The Oishei Children's Hospital is a $270 million investment.

The new Oishei Children's Hospital is less than two miles from the current hospital on Bryant Street.

The Oishei Children's Hospital is located at 818 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203.

Please contact us at (716) 859-KIDS or ChildrensIsMoving@kaleidahealth.org with any questions.

The Oishei Children's Hospital is on schedule to open in November 2017.

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Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, comments or concerns about the move. We're here to support you along the way—and appreciative of your patience as we move towards the best care for Western New York's kids.

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