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WILL RELOCATED HOSPITAL BE JUST A DOWNSIZED CLINIC?

For the past year we have had a steady flow of news regarding Childrens Hospital and the problems of upgrading the Bryant Street location. John Freidlander has quoted the costs of upgrading the hospital at $90 million. Now we are told a "new" Childrens Hospital on High Street would cost about the same as remodeling Bryant Street. This doesn't add up. How can a hospital that had upgrades done to it every year, until recently, cost the same as a brand-new 10-story hospital?

Or is this where the downsizing comes in? Apparently, what would be built on High Street is a three-floor childrens' clinic. This would be an ear, nose and throat facility, with a small neo-natal unit. The balance of the children would go to Buffalo General.

It's difficult to see what is going on here after all the fund-raising that has gone on by every group in Western New York for Childrens Hospital. There hasn't been any upgrading for three or four years, and now there are rumors of top staff leaving for Rochester and other cities.

My question to the Kaleida board: Is High Street just to be a clinic?

RAYMOND CARR

Cheektowaga

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