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Grants include new health center

The Community Health Center of Buffalo has received a $4.2 million grant to build a new primary care center on Fillmore Avenue in the city's Central Park neighborhood.

The new center will be owned and operated by the Community Health Center, and the Catholic Health System will lease space to offer such support services as laboratory, radiology and endocrinology. It's expected to open next September.

The grant was one of a handful for Western New York announced by the state Health Department related to the recommendations of the Commission on Health Care Financing in the 21st Century, also known as the Berger Commission.

Others include:

*$3.8 million to Sisters Hospital for expansion of the emergency department.

*$5 million to the Catholic Health System to redesign its long-term care facilities.

*$1.4 million toward construction of a primary care center on South Park Avenue to be operated by Mercy Hospital.

*$3.1 million to WCA Hospital in Jamestown for campus and bed consolidation.

*$3 million to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia for renovating surgical services.

The Community Health Center's new 40,000-square-foot center will replace the current facility on Grider Street, which serves more than 30,000 patient visits each year. The Catholic Health System's Sisters Hospital plans to transition an additional 20,000 patient visits from its hospital-based Family Health Center to the new center.

"This collaboration will enable us to offer convenient, accessible community-based health care in a patient-friendly environment with an expanded scope of services," said LaVonne Ansari, chief executive officer of the Community Health Center.

The Catholic Health System plans to use the vacated space at Sisters Hospital to expand the emergency department.


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