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State approves new ECMC emergency room

Erie County Medical Center has received state approval of its plan to construct a new trauma center/emergency department.

The new $58 million facility will stand on ground-level on the west side of the hospital near the ambulance ramp, which will be razed.

Plans call for a 54,000-square-foot facility with 54 treatment stations – including four dedicated trauma rooms, two behavioral health safe rooms, two isolation rooms and four medical resuscitation rooms. That's compared to the current 34 rooms in 26,000 square feet

ECMC’s emergency department was initially built in the 1970s and later renovated in the mid-1990s to treat an expected 45,000 patients per year. In 2016, the emergency department cared for about 70,000 patients, according to the medical center. ECMC officials forecast increased emergency room visits over the next few years as a result of such forces as the growing proportion of elderly people in the area and a shortage of primary care doctors.

Erie County Legislature approves ECMC deal after a raucous debate

Pike Construction has been selected as the project general contractor. The estimated construction timetable includes starting site preparation in the fall and completing work in 2019.

$58 million ECMC plan aims to alleviate cramped, dated ER

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