Buffalo General Medical Center
Formerly known as Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) provides access to the latest treatment, technology and expert physicians. Buffalo General and Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital merged together to form the BGMC, with the addition of the new Gates Vascular Institute adjacent to Buffalo General Medical Center.
In November 2011, Kaleida Health officially opened its new emergency department on the ground floor of the Gates Vascular Institute, adjacent to Buffalo General Medical Center. With 53 private exam rooms in 37,400 square feet (one full acre) of new space, the emergency department is designed to handle 64,000 patient visits per year. It has dedicated diagnostic services with specialized support for Kaleida Health's accredited and award-winning cardiac, stroke and vascular programs.
Buffalo General Medical Center is one of two “core hospitals” in the program. The offices of the Chair, Vice Chair, Program Director and Coordinator, and many faculty members are located there. Office space for the residents is also provided at that site. Buffalo General Medical Center is also the site of most of the formal didactic teaching provided.
The Emergency Department (ED) is a high acuity site with a high proportion of sick adult medical patients. Over 25-30% of the patients require inpatient admission, many to intensive care or monitored beds. The level of acuity and types of illness encountered in the BGMC ED provide a good patient base for training in adult emergency medicine with the exception of major trauma (see the entry for Erie County Medical Center below). There is an Observation Unit which admits patients with low risk chest pain, asthma, decompensated heart failure and many other diagnoses who have anticipated observation periods of < 48 hours.
Off-service rotations at BGMC include the following:
- Medical ICU (MICU): In the MICU, residents participate in the care of critically ill patients with a wide variety of illnesses. The MICU is a high volume, high acuity setting.
- Cardiovascular ICU (CCU): The CCU at BGMC is a busy unit with a patient population that includes a full spectrum of cardiac disease. In this unit, EM residents help care for a large volume of patients, many admitted directly from the ED.
- Stroke/Neurology: Resident will have an opportunity to be exposed to the diagnosis and treatment of stroke in a time sensitive manner.