Kaleida Health

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Kaleida Health
IndustryHealth care
PredecessorCFG Health System[1]
FoundedBuffalo, New York, United States
1998; 21 years ago (1998)[1]
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
Western New York
Key people
Jody L. Lomeo[1]
ServicesHospital network
Number of employees
4,800[citation needed]
DivisionsSee prose
Websitekaleida.org
View of Buffalo General Hospital from Ellicott Street
View of Oishei Children's Hospital 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]

Facilities[edit]

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[2] and has undergone expansions ever since, including one in the 1986 that added a 16-story tower to the main complex.[3] The hospital had 24,000 inpatient visits in 2016.[4] 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.[5][4]

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.[6][7][8] There are 185 beds, including 64 neonatal units, fourteen operating rooms, an indoor garden, and skyway connections to neighboring Buffalo General Hospital and Conventus.[8] The hospital broke ground in 2015 and was designed by Shepley Bulfinch and built by Turner Construction.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Kaleida Health was also cited by Medicare for having high rates of infections and other patient-safety problems.[11] 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.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Kaleida Health, Inc.: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". Bloomberg. Bloomberg LP. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ The AJN Guide to Nursing Career Opportunities. American Journal of Nursing Company. 1990. p. 189.
  4. ^ a b Drury, Tracey (17 August 2017). "Kaleida works to keep excess beds from Children's". Buffalo Business First. American City Business Journals.
  5. ^ Drury, Tracey (25 September 2017). "Buffalo General gets face-lift inside and out". Buffalo Business First. American City Business Journals.
  6. ^ Drury, Tracey (10 November 2017). "Patient by patient, Oishei Children's Hospital comes online". Buffalo Business First. American Business Journals.
  7. ^ Davis, Henry L. (4 November 2017). "How the new Oishei Children's Hospital came to be". The Buffalo News. Berkshire Hathaway.
  8. ^ a b c Robinson, Karen (2 November 2017). "Take a look inside Buffalo's new Children's Hospital". The Buffalo News. Berkshire Hathaway.
  9. ^ "Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute / Cannon Design". ArchDaily. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  10. ^ Consumer Reports study on infections rates several WNY hospitals below-average
  11. ^ Davis, Henry L. (2015-12-16). "Kaleida, Mercy Hospital face Medicare penalties for high infection rates". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  12. ^ Kaleida, Mercy Hospital face Medicare penalties for high infection rates

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