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November 4, 2012

LEADERSHIP CHRONICLES: Buffalo Niagara Medical campus evolved from cooperation

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Niagara Gazette — The place is a marvel of collaboration, the result of the efforts of nine major WNY agencies working together, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Kaleida Health, the Olmstead Center for Sight, The Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, the Buffalo Medical Group, Upstate NY Transplant Services, the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, University at Buffalo, as well as representatives from surrounding neighborhood groups, and Buffalo and Erie County governments.

Not to sound like a kindergarten teacher or anything, but it takes a lot of cooperation to make a world-class medical destination.

But, it’s happening. The place hums with the energy of potential, research, education, healing and overall prosperity. A living, evolving lesson on the benefits of creating an environment where people work together for the benefit of everyone. And more buildings are coming, including the new Children’s Hospital, Kaleida Health’s Global Vascular Institute and Kaleida’s long-term care facility.

The day evolved into hard evidence of what happens when leaders behave like leaders. Standing there in the heart of the campus, which just 30 years ago was a couple of hospitals in a downtrodden neighborhood rippled by tracts of poverty and vacant land, and I saw the unlimited potential for success. Seeing that happen in Buffalo, which has experienced the same frustrating fits and starts as Niagara Falls, made my heart feel hopeful.

Even better was a visit to Ulrich’s Restaurant afterwards, to bond with the leadership classmates and to savor, once again, the great German food I remember from my days as a copy kid at the Courier Express, which was right down the block.

In the heart of a metamorphosis unlike anything the area has ever seen, I saw that the best things remained to anchor the cutting edge changes with richness and tradition. Can’t help but want to raise a beer stein to that.

Contact Features Editor Michele DeLuca at 282-2311, ext. 2263.

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