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ECMC dedicates new nursing home

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There's a new state-of-the-art nursing home on the ECMC campus. The Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility was dedicated Friday. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti tells us about the facility officials say will bring residents closer to their families and hundreds of jobs back to Buffalo.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — With the cutting of the ribbon, the Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility is ready to welcome its residents to their new home.

"Terrace View really is about our responsibility to the generation before us that helped build our community, and also to the generation who comes after us," said Jody Lomeo, CEO of ECMC.

The $103 million facility replaces the 87-year-old Erie County Home in Alden, so residents will no longer be 16 miles away from care on the ECMC campus, saving nearly one million dollars a year in transporation costs.

Terrace View also combines long-term care beds from the Skilled Nursing Facililty at ECMC while reducing the overall bed count by more than 300.

"By moving this facility to the Grider Street campus, we know we'll be saving millions of dollars, but we're creating a better facility," said Mark Poloncarz, (D), Erie County Executive.

ECMC says Terrace View will bring about 400 jobs back to Buffalo, and since 80 percent of the residents are from Buffalo or close suburbs, the move will help bring them closer to friends and family.

"Thank you, for all of the residents today and for the next 50 years, that will be receiving care here. This, I'm confident, will become a model for the way to deliver long-term care, and with a lot of us baby boomers, it's going to be very, very important," said Paul Anthon, a Terrace View resident.

The nursing home is part of a five-year, $200 million expansion on the ECMC campus that officials say is 80 percent complete.

"I just feel we're on the cusp of greatness and we're now in the conversation, which is all we ever wanted, we want to be compared to the Cleveland Clinic, UPMC and others, and it's time for us to do that in Buffalo," Lomeo said.

Residents will be moving in to Terrace View throughout the weekend.

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