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Children's planning new hospital by 2015

Kaleida Health has announced the status of plans for a new children's hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Among other things, a physician committee has begun to zero in on floor plans and the size of the facility.

In an analysis of trends through 2020, it is projected that pediatric and obstetrical-gynecological services will decline by 14 percent in Western New York, officials said. However, planning is also taking into account the potential for Kaleida to increase its market share for specialized pediatric and women's health services.

Physicians at Women & Children's Hospital, after lengthy study, set a goal of having a new hospital on the downtown medical campus by 2015.

The plan is to move its outpatient surgery program into part of a large medical office building proposed for Main and High streets by the Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. Complex hospital services will be located in a new tower to be built between the office building and Buffalo General Medical Center.

Kaleida Health hired Sg2, a Skokie, Ill., health care consultant, to look at trends in the pediatric health care market.

Physicians involved in planning the new hospital recommended 174 inpatient pediatric beds compared with the current 200.