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Ceremony to celebrate opening of new ECMC entrance Friday

An architectural rendering of the Russell J. Salvatore Atrium at ECMC. (Image courtesy of Clark Patterson Lee)

A ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday will celebrate the grand opening of the Russell J. Salvatore Atrium – the new entrance to Erie County Medical Center.

The entrance, with its sweeping glass facade and its large open area, was named for the 86-year-old restaurateur and philanthropist following his $1 million donation to ECMC in 2017.

Part of a $100 million program of construction and improvements at the Grider Street hospital, the atrium will add about 4,000 square feet of space to the hospital’s welcoming area.

It was designed by the architectural firm Clark Patterson Lee.

The atrium is the second facility in the hospital to bear witness to Salvatore’s generosity. A $500,000 gift in 2015 for another expansion led to the naming of the Russell J. Salvatore Orthopaedic Unit. In 2012, his donation of $250,000 upgraded the television sets for patients in their rooms.

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