When the new children's hospital opens Nov. 10 on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, its official name will not include any reference to women or Buffalo.
The new name of the $270 million hospital is the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, dropping the longtime Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.
It's part of an effort to keep the name clear and simplified, said hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Ortolani. Despite tweaks to the hospital name throughout its 125-year history, many people over time still commonly refer to it as "Children's Hospital," she said.
"Before becoming Women & Children's of Buffalo, it was Children's Hospital of Buffalo," Ortolani said. "Even after that change, people still refer to it as Children's Hospital of Buffalo. They still do, even to this day. So, it just made sense for it to be Oishei Children's Hospital."
The new hospital will offer the same services for women, including labor and delivery and mother-baby care.
"It has all the same services," Ortolani said. "It just made sense."
The John R. Oishei Foundation gave $10 million to help build the hospital. The donation was the largest single gift from the foundation in its history and the largest ever to the pediatric facility, which will open Friday at 818 Ellicott St. Oishei founded Trico Products Corp. and was one of Buffalo's wealthiest citizens and philanthropists.