What You Need to Know About the Children’s Hospital Move

The new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital opens Friday.  (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
The new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

At sunup Friday, 15 ambulances will begin moving dozens of tiny babies and sick children from Women & Children’s Hospital to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The move is expected to take as long as 24 hours and impact 11 streets in the neighborhoods between the old hospital on Bryant Street and the new one 1.2 miles away on Ellicott Street. As many as 150 to 200 patients will be moved individually by ambulance every 7 to 10 minutes before the lights are turned out.

“Our goal is to ensure safety of the patients,” said Jody Lomeo, Kaleida Health president and CEO. “We’re not in this for the speed.”

The move, which takes place after years of planning and four practice moves, marks a significant milestone as the $270 million, 12-story hospital replaces the 125-year-old pediatric hospital.

Here’s what you need to know.

When will the new hospital open?

The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital will open at 7 a.m. Friday, at the same time the old hospital stops taking new patients.

The front entrance for non-emergency care is at 818 Ellicott St. The emergency services entrance is located on Goodrich Street between Main and Ellicott streets near the Conventus building.

Women in labor will not move until after their babies are delivered.
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