Despite a difficult economy and state budget woes, construction of UB and Kaleida Health’s $291 million global vascular institute and research building continues to forge ahead, as the two institutions on Tuesday ceremonially marked the last sequence of steel being raised and put into place.
President John B. Simpson and James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, signed their names to the last section of steel at a topping-off ceremony at the site on Goodrich Street, off Michigan Street behind Buffalo General Hospital in downtown Buffalo.
Kaskie and Simpson’s names join those of hundreds of other Kaleida Health and UB employees who have marked their place in history by signing the steel.
“This is transformational project, not just for health care but for all of Western New York,” Kaskie said. “Together with our partners at UB, we are taking reform and turning it into meaningful action. This project is about consolidation, improving efficiencies and designing new ways to deliver care. We are investing precious resources to transform ourselves in direct response to the new economy and the new health care reality.”