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Children's Hospital being named after Oishei

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Women and Children's Hospital is not only building a new home, it's also getting a new name.

When the facility opens in 2015 at Main and High Streets downtown, it will be called The John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.

The Oishei Foundation has made a $10 million donation, the largest single gift in the foundation's history, to name the facility in honor of the Buffalo industrialist and philanthropist.

Kaleida Health Board Chair John Koelmel thanked the Oishei Foundation for its "tremendous generosity, passion and courage" and "for being a real difference maker." 

"Thank you for making something really special come to  life.  Know that you're not just helping us build a new hospital, you're once  again lifting up an entire community.  And for that, we're all forever indebted," Koelmel said.

Oishei perfected and sold the windshield wiper in Buffalo back in the early days of the automobile and founded Trico Products. He began his local philanthropic work anonymously back in 1940.