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Children's Renamed John R. Oishei Children's Hospital
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BUFFALO, NY - When the new Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo opens on the grounds of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus it's going to have a new name.

Kaleida Health officials announced Tuesday that the new hospital will be called John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.

The hospital received a $10 million gift for the naming rights from the Oishei Foundation.

The 10-story hospital will be built on the corner of Ellicott and High Streets facing Buffalo General Hospital. The formal groundbreaking is scheduled for the Spring of 2013 and the hospital is projected to open on December 15, 2015.

John R. Oishei, who died in 1968, helped develop the first automatic windshield wiper for automobiles.  He created a foundation to help schools and hospitals in Buffalo.  The John R. Oishei Foundation is the largest private foundation in WNY.

Kaleida Health CEO James Kaskie told 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing, "it's really back to a circle of life. We have an individual born and raised Buffalonian, created a company, made a fortune, created that forTune into a Foundation to help the community. It's just a circle of life and to have us just about two blocks away from the Trico plant, talking about building the children's hospital in his name, I just think it's an unbelievable circle of life."

Kaleida will announce a capitol campaign for the hospital later this year, allowing the entire community to get behind and support the new hospital. The new hospital is expected to cost between $200-220 million dollars. "We have other benefactors stepping up and money from the past that we have saved," he said.

Over 100 people attended the announcement of the new name for Children's Hospital. Among the host of politicians, were the board members of the Oishei Foundation and a parent who witnessed firsthand the impact of the hospital.

Amy Habib-Rittling praised the Foundation for the $10 million gift, "without benefactors there would be no beneficiaries. Today it is the Oishei Foundation that will make it possible for parents and families to have children helped in ways that may be unimaginable to them now."

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