Hodge Pediatrics in the Elmwood Village will move and reopen March 7 with a new name at 1050 Niagara St.
It is the final piece of the Kaleida Health project to relocate pediatric services from the Women & Children's Hospital campus, which was sold to developers after construction of Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Hodge Pediatrics, a part of Oishei, has been located in a building across the street from the old hospital.
The new name is Niagara Street Pediatrics. Kaleida Health is leasing space for the facility in an Ellicott Development building between Fargo and Prospect streets that once housed Niagara Lithograph. Co.
Oishei Children's Hospital operates another offsite practice for young patients at Towne Gardens Pediatrics on William Street.
"We feel strongly that our pediatric practices should be in the community. Hodge was community-based, although many of our patients did not live in the immediate area where it was located. This move also puts our brand on the city's Niagara Street corridor," said Dr. Dennis Z. Kuo, medical director of primary care services at Oishei and division chief for pediatrics at UBMD, the phyicians group affiliated with the University at Buffalo.
Oishei offers pregnancy and gynecology care at Niagara Street OB/GYN nearby at 564 Niagara St.
The new Niagara Street pediatric location is somewhat larger than at Hodge, and will be staffed by four physicians and four nurse practitioners, Kuo said. In addition to general pediatric medicine, it will offer specialty care for children with asthma, and those with multiple chronic conditions.
Oishei alsowill locate its Youth Link program at Niagara Street Pediatrics. The program provides primary and specialty care, care coordination and counseling to adolescents and young adults living with HIV or at risk for HIV, sexually transmitted infections, homelessness, mental health or substance use, as well as youth who identify as LGBT.
Hodge Pediatrics cares for about 6,500 patients. Kuo said he anticipates most will continue seeking care at the new location, although some are expected to switch to Towne Gardens, which currently handles about 4,000 patients. The new facility also may pick up additional patients as a result of the closure earlier this year of Lifetime Health's William E. Mosher Health Clinic on Main Street downtown.
"We want to be seen as being in the community, and the locations we now have are in the right places -- on the East and West sides of the city -- to give us that," Kuo said.