Catholic Health President & CEO Mark A. Sullivan announced a management agreement today with Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport. This merger between hospital and healthcare system will yield the production of a new $37 million facility.
According to Sullivan, the new facility, while significantly smaller than Lockport’s current hospital on East Avenue, will provide state-of-the-art treatment centrally located within the city. Additionally, Catholic Health is presently looking at multiple land options in the Lockport area, with the facility’s construction breaking ground sometime in 2021. The predicted opening date is slated for 2023. “We are ensuring sustainable, accessible, high quality healthcare in Eastern Niagara County, while building a hospital of the future that will serve area residents for years to come,” Sullivan said.
Eastern Niagara Hospital CEO Anne McCaffery is pleased with the partnership, stating, “This is a great day for the greater Lockport community. We are so pleased to join with Catholic Health – a partner that is innovative and visionary, fully committed to our community, and willing to make a significant investment in building a new hospital.”
Robert M. Greene, chairman of the Catholic Health Board of Directors, remarked, “Catholic Health already has a significant presence in Niagara County with Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and has invested more than $30 million in the region over the past five years.”
While the project seems all but ready to go, official approval from the United States Bankruptcy Court is required, as Eastern Niagara Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November of 2019.