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Mercy Hospital buys former BMG office building

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has acquired a former Buffalo Medical Group building near the South Buffalo hospital's Abbott Road location.

The Catholic Health System hospital paid $365,000 to buy 518 Abbott, a two-story brick medical office building. The standalone 4,370-square-foot building, constructed in 1992 on a quarter-acre lot, has 10 to 15 parking spaces, including in an attached garage.

It's also across the street from the Marian Professional Building, a five-story, 66,000-square-foot medical office building that is connected directly by sky bridge to the adjacent hospital. That building houses the Mercy OB/GYN Center, University Pediatric Dentistry, laboratory services, and a surgical consulting practice, among other tenants.

Buffalo Medical already had largely consolidated its Southtowns offices and practices into a single new facility in Orchard Park, where it could operate in one place while saving on overhead.

"It really is just a desire for all of the physicians to work together," said spokeswoman Christie Berardi. "The value of being in a multidisciplinary group is people like to be cared for in one group. It really is just a convenience for the patient."

Its ear, nose and throat practice was the primary occupant of the Abbott Road building, which wasn't being fully utilized, and the last doctors and staff moved out three months ago, she said.

"It's a lot of overhead for one small department of our group to cover, and we had space in our Orchard Park building," Berardi said.

Meanwhile, Catholic Health spokeswoman JoAnn Cavanaugh said officials "don't have any definitive plans" for the building yet.

“BMG approached us about buying the building, and while we have no definitive plans at this time, it was a good investment because it provides us with additional office or clinic space in close proximity to Mercy Hospital for future development," she said.

The building was marketed through McGuire Development Co.

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