Erie County Medical Center on Thursday cut the ribbon on a $12.5 million project to provide 22 inpatient, private rooms for orthopedic patient recovery.
ECMC obtained state approval for the new space to meet growing demand for elective and joint-replacement surgery, offer a better experience for patients, and help recruit new orthopedic physicians. It opens March 18.
The rooms, in two units, represent a redistribution of beds, and not an overall increase at the medical center.
The renovation took place on the sixth floor, which previously housed skilled nursing patients who moved to the Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility on ECMC’s campus. The project also includes a physical therapy rehabilitation area and space for patient pre-surgery orthopedic educational classes.
The rooms will be named after Buffalo restaurateur and former patient Russell J. Salvatore, who contributed $500,000 to the project, the largest gift ever received by the ECMC Lifeline Foundation.