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Oishei Children's Hospital 89 percent complete

The new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital under construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has hit the 89 percent completion mark.

The bulk of the current work focuses on the hospital's interior. Drywall and painting has been completed in many areas, according to monthly construction updates.

Flooring and ceiling grids also are being installed in many areas. Interior glass doors and glazing also has been continuing. Light fixtures in patient rooms and surgical areas also are under way.

The 12-story hospital at 818 Ellicott St. is on track to be completed in time to open in November. Construction started in August 2014.

The latest update came in internal updates from Turner Construction Co. to Kaleida Health, which will operate the 183-bed hospital that will replace Women & Children's Hospital on Bryant Street.

"All continues to progress on time, with the inpatient and Emergency Department move planned to occur in November 2017," said a construction update included in a recent Children's Hospital newsletter.

Meanwhile, hospital implementation teams have begun touring their departments and will continue training and orientation sessions leading to the actual move.

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