BUFFALO, N.Y. — The “John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital” will serve future generations of children and women throughout Western New York and beyond as a result of unprecedented recent $10-million donation.
In line with its mission to serve as a catalyst for change in the region, The John R. Oishei Foundation has chosen to become the lead supporter for the new, free-standing regional hospital. The new facility will be named after industrialist and philanthropist John R. Oishei, a native Buffalonian who established the charitable Foundation in 1940. The hospital will offer specialized pediatric and women’s healthcare services and will be located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
“We can think of no greater tribute to a man whose generosity continues to impact this community in so many ways,” said Jim Wadsworth, Chairman of the Foundation. “The primary reason he began his philanthropy back in the 1940s was to benefit the children of his employees and of the community. Like the buildings that comprised the Trico Corporation for so many years, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital will stand long into the future as a marker of one man’s passion, vision and extraordinary contributions.”
Expanded services at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, along with continued trends of more patients receiving care in an ambulatory setting, were major factors considered by a physician-led steering committee, which is leading the construction of a new hospital across from the Buffalo General Medical Center. It is scheduled to be completed in December 2015.
Plans for the 10-floor hospital include a facility to provide its comprehensive range of specialized pediatric care, labor & delivery, post partum care, the regional perinatal center for high-risk pregnancies and a women’s health center providing prenatal and gynecological care, as well as a family resource center. The Women’s Health Service line will have an additional opportunity for naming possibilities.
Construction of an ambulatory care center is planned and will be connected by bridge to, and operated by, the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.
Posted September 26, 2012