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ECMC raises nearly two-thirds of goal toward new ER

Erie County Medical Center has received more than $10.2 million in private funding for its planned Trauma Center and Emergency Department.

“The community’s response to supporting this vitally important, lifesaving project has been nothing short of amazing,” said ECMC Corp. Board Chair Jonathan A. Dandes, who noted the milestone came midway through a campaign that aims to raise $15 million.

Health providers in the department served more than 70,000 patients last year, the highest one-year volume in hospital history, in a space designed in the 1970s to handle 45,000 patients annually.

ECMC broke ground last June on the estimated $55 million project, which will double the size of the existing facility to 54,000 square feet when it opens in early 2020. It will continue to serve patients with traumatic, burn, emergency psychiatric and other conditions.

“In ECMC’s long history of lifesaving care, this is the first time we have ever sought support from the community in a significant way to support our caregivers,” President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr. said in a news release.

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