ECMC Trauma, Emergency Hub Gets Overdue Upgrade

May 14, 2019

A $55 million upgrade of Erie County Medical Center’s trauma and emergency department is overdue, according to local health experts.

The new unit, currently under construction on ECMC’s Grider Street campus, will offer an array of services that will improve patient care. The News’ Matt Glynn reports the current department dates back 41 years and was designed to serve 45,000 patients annually. The unit currently treats more than 70,000 patients, including 7,400 transferred last year from other hospitals.

Set to open next April, it will be known as the KeyBank Trauma and Emergency Department, following a $2.5 million donation by the bank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation.

“We’re not competitive with other emergency rooms,” said Jonathan A. Dandes, chairman of ECMC Corp.’s board. “All of the really difficult cases will come here basically from other hospitals. That’s why the size is so important, and the ability to take care of all these people, because in many cases, other than Mercy Flight or someone coming directly here, if you go to another hospital, they will very often say, ‘This is not something we can do here, go to ECMC.’ “

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