Kaleida Health’s plan to enhance and upgrade its Niagara County hospital location continues to progress. The organization cut the ribbon and officially opened DeGraff Memorial Hospital’s (DMH) new Emergency Department (ED) on Tuesday, November 13 and will begin treating patients on Thursday, November 15.
“The new state-of-the-art Emergency Department is a critical part of the future success of DeGraff Memorial Hospital and demonstrates that the hospital is here to stay,” said Darcy Craven, president of DMH and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. “It allows us to continue delivering the personalized care that the community has relied upon for more than a century.”
The project is the focal point of DeGraff 2020, Kaleida Health’s plan for the future of the North Tonawanda hospital.
The expansion includes 17 treatment bays, with a dedicated bariatric room and an airborne isolation room. It also includes a decontamination area for current and emerging infectious diseases. To further accommodate geriatric patients, the hospital uses non-glare lighting, slip-proof flooring, increased family space and signs with oversized lettering.
To help improve the patient experience, the ED has relocated from the west side of the hospital to the east side, fronting the Twin City Highway and allowing for better access, parking and visibility for patients, families and visitors.
“This is an important investment not only for the hospital, but for the entire Northtowns community,” said Lomeo. “DeGraff Memorial Hospital remains an important part of Kaleida Health and it is the gateway from Niagara County into our organization.”
Over 1,000 inpatient cases are generated annually from DMH into Kaleida Health facilities.
DeGraff 2020 calls for the hospital to focus on ED access, infusion services, wound care, its geriatric clinic and outpatient services like imaging, lab, rehabilitation services and GI. The facility will also operate 10 beds for lower acuity patients.
Last renovated in 1975, the ED space has more than doubled from 4,800 square feet to 10,000 square feet.