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Doctors and nurses give feedback on plan for new Women and Children’s Hospital

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Buffalo: Doctors and nurses give feedback on plan for new Women and Children’s Hospital
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Doctors and nurses got a chance to weigh-in on the design plan for the new Women and Children's Hospital. Officials gave staff a chance to give their feedback on the plan Wednesday. As YNN's Kevin Jolly reports, one issue of concern at the hospital never came up.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Doctors and nurses at Women and Children's hospital got a chance Wednesday to see first-hand what the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital will look like when it opens on Buffalo Medical Campus.

"This building is a very old building it's in need of updates. We've been getting little updates here and there, but really to be in a brand new space and start from scratch is such a great opportunity," said Dr. Steve Ambrusko.

Ambrusko was among the staff at the hospital that came out to see the plan and hear from the architects. The designers explained floor by floor the layout for the new 12-floor hospital.

“From the standpoint of our hematology oncology patients, it'll be great now, actually take care of them all under one roof instead of splitting it between Roswell Park and Children's Hospital," said Dr. Ambrusko.

Throughout the session, staffers questioned the architect and hospital officials about several aspects of the plan: employee parking, bed space, but the one question that never came up was staffing. In the past, the union representing nurses has raised issues about short staffing at some area hospitals.

"We've had ongoing meetings with Kaleida in regards to our members, our staff, but again it's still the patients and women of Western New York that we're looking to do the best job we can for," said Jim Scordato, Local 1199 SEIU vice president.

"Our staffing mix and our staffing needs won't change unless the acuity of the patient changes, which we do expect that to happen. We expect to see sicker kids in this hospital than we have today because health care and health care reform is changing the way we care for patients," said Allegra Jaros, vice president of operations at Women and Children's Hospital.

In the meantime, hospital officials say they'll continue to reach out to staff to make sure the new hospital continues its mission of providing the best care for its patients.

The new Women and Children’s is slated to open in late 2015.

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