Sisters of Charity Hospital's St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga is closing its emergency room as it prepares to convert to a hospital for Covid-19 patients, Catholic Health announced.
The hospital at 2605 Harlem Road will indefinitely shut down its emergency department at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Catholic Health said it still is planning out the conversion process and the hospital is not yet ready to accept patients infected with the novel coronavirus.
The system said it has notified first responders of this change and the emergency department at the main Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo remains open.
The emergency rooms at Kenmore Mercy Hospital in the Town of Tonawanda, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo in South Buffalo and Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston also remain open.
System officials said this past week that Sisters' St. Joseph Campus would be the first hospital in the state dedicated to treating those with the coronavirus.
The St. Joseph Campus will handle 20% of patients expected to need hospitalization and the 5% who will need intensive care, Catholic Health CEO Mark Sullivan said then.