Kaleida Health

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Kaleida Health
IndustryHealth care
PredecessorCFG Health System[1]
FoundedBuffalo, New York, United States
1998; 22 years ago (1998)[1]
United States
Area served
Western New York
Key people
Jody L. Lomeo[1]
ServicesHospital network
Number of employees
9675 [2]
DivisionsSee prose
Buffalo General Hospital (viewed from Ellicott Street)
Oishei Children's Hospital (viewed from Ellicott Street)

Kaleida Health, founded in 1998, is a not-for-profit healthcare network that manages five hospitals in the Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area.[1]


Kaleida Health runs the Buffalo General Medical Center, a hospital on the premises of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It was founded on its current site in the 19th century[3] and has undergone expansions ever since, including one in the 1986 that added a 16-story tower to the main complex.[4] The hospital had 24,000 inpatient visits in 2016.[5] The interior lobby was remodeled, and the exterior of the building was repainted in 2017 to match the color scheme of newer facilities on the campus, at a cost of $2 million.[6][5]

Kaleida also runs the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, a children's hospital that is also at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It opened in November 2017 and cost $270 million to build.[7][8][9] There are 185 beds, including 64 neonatal units, fourteen operating rooms, an indoor garden, and skyway connections to neighboring Buffalo General Hospital and Conventus.[9] The hospital broke ground in 2015 and was designed by Shepley Bulfinch and built by Turner Construction.[9]

Kaleida and the State University of New York at Buffalo jointly built the Gates Vascular Institute building which was completed in 2012; the lower floors house a clinical facility run by Kaleida that includes an emergency room, outpatient, inpatient, and medical imaging facilities.[10]

As of 2017 Kaleida Health oversees Upper Allegheny Health System, which comprises Brooks Memorial Hospital, Lakeshore Hospital, Olean General, Bradford Regional Medical Center, and Cuba Memorial Hospital.

Patient Safety Concerns[edit]

A report produced by Consumer Reports in July 2015 on the prevalence of hospital-acquired infections gave Kaleida hospitals a below average ranking in 4 of the report's 5 categories. The ranking was based on hospital-reported data provided to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between October 2013 and September 2014.[11]

Kaleida Health was also cited by Medicare for having high rates of infections and other patient-safety problems.[12] The Hospital Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, which was created as part of the Affordable Care Act, seeks to incentivize hospitals to improve patient safety by measuring rates of hospital-acquired infection and other patient safety metrics and then penalizing hospitals that perform poorly. As a result of this program Kaleida Health has been penalized more than $1 million in 2016 through reduced Medicare payments.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d "Kaleida Health, Inc.: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". Bloomberg. Bloomberg LP. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  2. ^ https://www.kaleidahealth.org/kyi/pdf/We-Are-Kaleida-Health.pdf
  3. ^ Diehl, Lois Mastin (1901). "A History of the Buffalo General Hospital Training-School for Nurses". The American Journal of Nursing. 1 (11): 790–795. doi:10.2307/3402380. JSTOR 3402380.
  4. ^ The AJN Guide to Nursing Career Opportunities. American Journal of Nursing Company. 1990. p. 189.
  5. ^ a b Drury, Tracey (August 17, 2017). "Kaleida works to keep excess beds from Children's". Buffalo Business First. American City Business Journals.
  6. ^ Drury, Tracey (September 25, 2017). "Buffalo General gets face-lift inside and out". Buffalo Business First. American City Business Journals.
  7. ^ Drury, Tracey (November 10, 2017). "Patient by patient, Oishei Children's Hospital comes online". Buffalo Business First. American Business Journals.
  8. ^ Davis, Henry L. (November 4, 2017). "How the new Oishei Children's Hospital came to be". The Buffalo News. Berkshire Hathaway.
  9. ^ a b c Robinson, Karen (November 2, 2017). "Take a look inside Buffalo's new Children's Hospital". The Buffalo News. Berkshire Hathaway.
  10. ^ "Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute / Cannon Design". ArchDaily. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  11. ^ "Consumer Reports study on infections rates several WNY hospitals below-average".
  12. ^ Davis, Henry L. (December 16, 2015). "Kaleida, Mercy Hospital face Medicare penalties for high infection rates". The Buffalo News. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  13. ^ "Kaleida, Mercy Hospital face Medicare penalties for high infection rates".

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