"Our healthcare ministry has made major advances in clinical quality and innovation as well as the effective use of healthcare technology. As we continue to transform healthcare in our region, we are making every effort to achieve the administrative efficiencies that are the hallmark of a high performing healthcare system," said Joe McDonald, President and CEO for Catholic Health.
Uniland Development Company will construct and lease a six-story 140,000 square-foot facility with an adjacent parking garage on a vacant parcel of land located at 144 Genesee Street between Elm and Oak Streets. The $46 million facility will stand at the gateway to downtown Buffalo and is highly accessible to both vehicular traffic and public transportation.
"Our founding sponsors laid the foundation for healthcare in Buffalo more than 150 years ago and with the support and leadership of Mayor Byron Brown and the advocacy of Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, we are able to honor their legacy by building this facility in the heart of Buffalo. We had many options for a new home, but we wanted to be downtown and the Mayor and his team helped move that process forward," McDonald said.
The administrative staff of Catholic Medical Partners is expected to move into the facility following the expiration of the lease on their current Delaware Avenue offices in 2015. Catholic Medical Partners is an independent practice association of more than 900 area physicians who are closely aligned with Catholic Health. The move is expected to enhance collaboration on key clinical integration and quality initiatives to improve patient care across the continuum.
McDonald says the new facility reflects an enhanced focus on improving administrative efficiencies. Catholic Health’s shared services departments will reduce their footprint from 180,000 square feet across eight scattered facilities to 140,000 square feet in one location. The move is expected to save Catholic Health approximately $1 million per year for the next 25 years. "What we save in administrative costs can be reinvested in patient care," McDonald added.