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Eastern Niagara Hospital seeks state OK for new emergency department

Eastern Niagara Hospital asked the state Health Department Friday to allow it to erect a new 9,900-square-foot emergency department in what is now a traffic circle and doctors' parking lot in front of the Lockport facility.

The $9.8 million project also includes the subsequent renovation of 13,576 square feet of existing emergency room and lobby space to house behavioral health and family medicine clinics.

Hospital President and CEO Anne E. McCaffrey said state approval should arrive in three or four months, allowing construction to begin in early summer. It would last 14 to 16 months, she said.

If approved, the new emergency department would be nearly three times larger than the current one and include 16 treatment bays, two of them psychiatric safe rooms, McCaffrey said. The current emergency room would remain open during the work.

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