On Tuesday, August 28, Kaleida Health executives and staff gathered for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) to celebrate the grand reopening of the newly completed lobby, part of a $5 million multi-year capital improvement project to make key upgrades to the facility.
In addition to the new 11,000 square foot lobby, which includes a new information desk, admissions area and comfortable seating with built-in charging stations, the project also includes a new state-of-the-art auditorium, new second entrance on Ellicott Street, new exterior building signage, improved interior navigational signage and a covered walkway between the parking ramp and BGMC entrance in Colby Park.
Jody Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, said the team recognized that Buffalo General needed some work last year when the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital opened next door. “We talked about how wonderful and beautiful the campus looked, but that Buffalo General, our hub, needed a little TLC,” he said. “So the next logical step for Kaleida Health was for us to redo Buffalo General and for us to match the greatness that takes place within the building.”
During the ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning, Chris Lane, hospital president, credited Kaleida Health with continuing to make investments in the facility. "The lobby will be a place of respite and rest, improving the overall patient experience," he said.
Lomeo, Lane and guest relations manager, Mike Lenney, were joined by various hospital department staff members: Beverly Sornberger, patient registration representative; Sherry Cacciotti, guest relations representative; Tina Ingrao, pharmacy technician; and Leah Loyd, environmental services aide.