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March 10, 2013

KMH plans to expand again

Tonawanda News — Kenmore Mercy Hospital is planning to add two operating rooms in yet another expansion to the Elmwood Avenue facility.

The hospital’s existing eight operating rooms will also be renovated as part of the project, Kenmore Mercy President and CEO James Millard said.

”We are looking to enlarge two of the eight we have now, and upgrade the finishes and aesthetics to all of the rooms,” he said. 

The new rooms will be 600 square feet, bigger than most of the existing eight. Millard said the need for space was the main motivator for the project. 

”Based on the types of procedures we do, there is a lot of equipment needed. We do MAKO robotic surgery that is used in orthopedics ... with all that equipment, we needed more room,” Millard said.

The project, which will cost $3.8 million, is also a result of increased demand at the hospital. Millard said more physicians want to come work at Kenmore Mercy, and more patients are seeking care at the hospital.

The new operating rooms will be added to the rows of the existing rooms on the first floor near the center of the hospital. The application for the project was sent to the state about a month ago.

Millard hopes to hear back and get approval for the project in a few months.

”In the meantime, we are putting out all the architectural drawings and getting ready to put the project out to bid,” Millard said.

Construction will likely begin in the summer, and will hopefully be completed by the end of 2013 or early 2014. 

Construction on the hospital’s new emergency department and orthopedics unit is also moving along. The roof on the structure has been installed and contractors are working on the interior of the two additions.

”We have had some really good luck with the weather,” Millard said.

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