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Children’s ambulatory surgery center gets OK from state

The state has given the go-ahead to the ambulatory care center for John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital now under construction in the Conventus building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The $18.1 million project takes up two floors of the Conventus building and the two-story walkway that connects Conventus to the new Children’s Hospital. It is set to open in stages, starting in January, hospital officials said Wednesday. The rest of the center will open with the new hospital in November 2017.

The ambulatory surgery center includes specialty services such as pediatric orthopaedics, ophthalmology, dermatology, urology and a high-risk perinatal center for pregnant mothers, said Allegra Jaros, president of Kaleida Health’s Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, which is moving from its longtime Bryant Street home to the Medical Campus.

The state Department of Health on March 23 gave contingent approval to the project. Final approval would come following a site inspection once the facility is close to opening, Jaros said.

The administrative, patient intake and discharge functions for the center will be on the second and third floors of Conventus at 1001 Main St. The surgery suites will be located on the 200-foot-long, two-story bridge between Conventus and the hospital.

Construction began in August on the space within Conventus. Work on the walkway that will house the surgical suites will begin later.

Locating the ambulatory surgery center outside the Oishei Children’s Hospital, but close enough that it can be linked to the hospital, allows patients and their families a connection to other providers based in the hospital while having easier access into and out of the center.

The state is paying $11.2 million of the $18.1 million cost of the ambulatory surgery center through a program created as part of its initiative to restructure Medicaid.

The main Oishei Children’s Hospital will be focused on acute care, including the emergency room and the intensive care unit. Construction on the $267 million, 183-bed building will be 50 percent complete by the end of April, Jaros said.

“We’re still on time, and on track, on budget,” she said.