Work on the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is 95 percent complete and work crews are down to the nitty gritty of punch-list items on all floors of the $270 million facility that is scheduled to open in November on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Kaleida Health spokesman Michael P. Hughes said the hospital is no longer a "hard hat" zone and has received its certificate of occupancy from the city.
"The teams continue to train, practice and prepare for the move," he said of the new hospital on Ellicott Street. "Logistics, move routes, patient sequence and communication continue to be refined daily."
The staff has practiced for months for the move from the 125-year-old Women & Children's Hospital at 219 Bryant St. Plans call for moving in uninterrupted, timed stages from sunrise to sunset, using 15 ambulances to make round trips on a designated, 1.2 mile-route to the new hospital.
Kaleida has not announced the opening date for the 12-story, 183-bed hospital, but is expected to do so soon.