Children's Doctors Say Much of Campus Is Modern
By Eileen Buckley
Buffalo, NY – Opponents of Kaleida Health's proposal to close Children's Hospital on Bryant Street in Buffalo say there is a great deal of public confusion about the condition of the entire facility.
Dr. Steven Lana, an independent pediatrician, says calling Children's a 100-year-old hospital is mis-information. Lana says the institution itself was established in 1892, not the hospital buildings. Lana says seven buildings on Bryant Street are considered Children's Hospital. He says the oldest dates back to to 1917, but the newest critical care unit was completed in 1996.
"There are four buildings on that campus that are old, dilapidated and not very user friendly," Lana explained. "We propose that those buildings be demolished after a brand new ambulatory structure is constructed on land currently occupied by old homes. Those homes are between the Casa Di Pizza and Gallagher lot."
State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt says Kaleida should be focused on investing in the Bryant Street buildings. He says it would cost less then moving pediatric services to another Kaleida hospital.
"The Kaleida proposal would require, as we understand it, tens of millions of dollars, if not a $100 million to move Children's hospital," Hoyt said. "We're saying we can do it better for less in the current location."
Kaleida says it is willing to accept a counter proposal from Children's pediatricians and the Women and Children First Coalition by March 11th. Assemblyman Hoyt says a massive community rally will be held Saturday, March 2nd at noon in Niagara Square calling on Kaleida to keep the Bryant Street facility opened.