OISHEI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND JERICHO ROAD COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER PARTNER TO OPEN NEW PEDIATRIC PRIMARY CARE CENTER ON BUFFALO’S EAST SIDE
$1 Million Grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Makes Center Possible
BUFFALO, NY – (September 24, 2020) John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, and Jericho Road Community Health Center celebrated yesterday as they cut the ribbon on Broadway Pediatrics, Kaleida Health’s new pediatric primary care center on Buffalo’s East Side. A $1 million grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation last year made it possible to relocate the Towne Gardens Pediatric Primary Care Center to the new Broadway Pediatrics at 1021 Broadway Street in Buffalo, N.Y. in partnership with Jericho Road Community Health Center and community-based nonprofits. The grant allowed this collaboration, building, and move to expedite. Without it, the project would have taken years to progress, leaving children and families on Buffalo’s East Side struggling for quality pediatric healthcare.
The small group gathered yesterday outside the building to cut the ribbon and celebrate the partnership, followed by guided tours of the new facility. Masks, temperature screening, and social distancing guidelines were followed throughout the event to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance.
The new facility and partnership between the organizations will increase access and utilization of comprehensive pediatric primary care, early childhood developmental screenings, behavioral health screenings and services, and the pediatric specialty care available at Oishei Children’s Hospital for the families on Buffalo’s East Side. In addition, there is a medically oriented gym, a pharmacy, and nearing completion of a new dental clinic, which will offer all-ages comprehensive dental care, including both emergency and preventive treatment.
The project enables the two principal Medicaid pediatric primary care providers on the East Side of Buffalo to work together and focus on addressing social determinants of health, consolidating services in a common location, and developing pathways to care, which is critical to the health outcomes of all children.
“We are proud of this partnership with Jericho Road and all those community-based programs at 1021 Broadway Street. Together we will collaborate on top quality health and wellness for our kids and families, supported by critical access to high-quality pediatric specialists,” said Allegra Jaros, MBA, President, Oishei Children’s Hospital. “In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a significant financial impact on healthcare in our region, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation provided critical funding that allowed us to move forward with the new pediatric primary care clinic. We are grateful to them for helping us to make this project a reality.“
“For the past few years, we have been blessed to be able to develop this new community health hub and build partnerships with other local human service agencies. Now, the work of community building is coming to fruition and excellent partners, like Kaleida Health and the Oishei Children’s Hospital team, are moving into 1021 Broadway,” said Myron Glick, MD, founder and CEO, Jericho Road Community Health Center. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have them as our neighbors in this growing facility that will continue to be a one-stop-shop for the physical and mental health needs of our community.”
He added, “We’re greatly anticipating the opening of our new dental clinic as well. We know there is an immense need for dental treatment in this community and throughout our entire patient base. Jericho Road has hoped to be able to provide this service for a long time. It is a great blessing for us to have this opportunity to more wholly care for our neighbors.”
The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, which provides philanthropic support for Oishei Children’s Hospital, and Jericho Road Community Health Center worked together to apply for the grant funding from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation last year. Children’s hospitals across the country rely on grants and donations for many of the programs, equipment, research, and education provided to patients.