The University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has moved its family medicine department headquarters to the Erie County Medical Center.
The relocation from the Deaconess Center reflects a desire to play a more active role in the medical care of residents in Buffalo's inner city, said Dr. David Holden, department chairman.
Ten family medicine physicians have been added to the medical center staff over the last year to create the department.
"We're doing direct patient care and educating medical students," Holden said. The headquarters is responsible for overseeing operations of the rural, urban and suburban family medicine units at eight hospitals in the region.
Services offered by the department's Family Care Center at the medical center include geriatrics, adult care, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and counseling. The department also operates a community treatment center at the medical center for non-critical patients who would otherwise be treated in an emergency room.