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WNY Children’s Hospital Completes Seamless Integration   

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WNY Children’s Hospital Completes Seamless Integration   

Stark Tech partnered with Schneider Electric to integrate EcoStruxure for Healthcare into the brand-new facility to deliver improved sustainability, resiliency, and hyper-efficiency.

Industry: Healthcare                      

Project Profile: John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, located in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric, neonatal, perinatal, and obstetrical services. The 475,000 sq. ft., 12-story facility includes 185 inpatient beds, 15 operating rooms, and 19 emergency department rooms, among many other units. Oishei is the only freestanding children’s hospital in NYS and one of only 43 in the country.

In the late 1800s, The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo was founded in a renovated two-story brick house with a 12-bed capacity. By the 1950s, demand had grown so much that the hospital saw growth in both size and capacity, offering space to host over 200 pediatric patients. The then 617,000 sq. ft. campus included seven interconnected buildings built between 1917 and 1995.

Challenge: After nearly 120 years of service, the campus’s facilities became cumbersome for circulation. The facility’s floor plates were found inefficient and some buildings were aged past their utility. In 2017, Kaleida Health completed the transport of 125 inpatient mothers, children, and infants from the old campus to the brand new, $270 million Oishei Children’s Hospital just 1.2 miles away.

The goal of the project was to right-size, consolidate, and relocate Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo to Oishei Children’s Hospital, and to fully integrate it with the Buffalo General Medical Center, Gates Vascular Institute, Jacobs School of Medicine, and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. The hospital leverages existing logistical support services on campus including mechanicals, materials management, and centralized clinical labs. The move from the old campus to the new was to be seamless with no downtime or disruption to patient care or operations.

Stark Solution: Stark Tech partnered with Schneider Electric to integrate EcoStruxure for Healthcare into the brand-new facility to deliver improved sustainability, resiliency, and hyper-efficiency. This IoT-enabled platform grants facility managers access to real-time, data driven insights that optimize asset availability and performance, all without experiencing any downtime. 

Project Result: The move from Women and Children’s Hospital to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital was seamless and took less than 12 hours to complete. The well-being of hospital patients and staff was and will continue to be the hospital’s top priority. With this digitized building management system, the hospital has improved resiliency and power reliability, increased asset protection, and continues to maintain operations while controlling costs.   

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