New DeGraff Emergency Department Opens with Help of $250,000 Schimminger Assembly Grant

November 13, 2018

KENMORE, NY — Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-C-I-Kenmore) announced that DeGraff Memorial Hospital held a ceremony on Nov. 13 to unveil its newly-renovated emergency department, the culmination of a multimillion-dollar “DeGraff 2020 Plan” project made possible in part by a $250,000 Assembly grant Schimminger secured in order to provide funding for the related renovation of the hospital’s new Inpatient Care Unit.

The expansion, which will enable the new hospital wing to see its first patient on Nov.15, more than doubles the space of DeGraff’s emergency department from 4,800 to 10,000 square feet. Highlights of this completed project include a total of 17 treatment bays, including trauma and bariatric rooms and an isolation area to help fight infectious diseases. After a ribbon- cutting ceremony, community members were invited to tour the new wing.

“As a lifelong resident of the Tonawandas who was born at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, I have firsthand knowledge of how crucial this facility is to the health and wellbeing of the residents I serve,” Schimminger said. “With these 21st-century upgrades, our community will reap the benefits of this state-of-the-art emergency department and a re-envisioned DeGraff.”

“For more than 85 years, this hospital has been dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of the Northtowns,” said Michael P. Hughes, chief of staff for Kaleida Health, which acquired DeGraff in 1998. “Today, we’ll celebrate an $8 million investment and see a tangible sign of how DeGraff continues to evolve to meet the community’s needs.”

“DeGraff has seen a lot of changes over the past several years, and like most community hospitals in the United States, DeGraff has had to adapt to meet the changing landscape of healthcare,” added Darcy Craven, president of DeGraff. “In the future, we’ll continue to invest in outpatient services that this community needs close to home. These include our infusion services, wound care, our geriatric primary care clinic, and physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as a full complement of imaging and lab services.”