Kaleida Closing Gates Circle Hospital in Two Weeks
by Buck Quigley - posted 1:15 pm, March 13, 2012
A worker on a lift was hanging this huge banner on Millard Fillmore Gates this morning—letting everybody know that in two weeks the busy hospital building will become a hulking, vacant mass. It stands right across the street from the lot where the Park Lane restaurant used to be. That was torn down four years ago, you’ll remember, to make way for a glass high-rise that never got built.
It’s been over five years since Kaleida announced the closing, as prescribed by the Berger Commission Report on Healthcare Facilities in the 21st Century. Still no plan for what to do with the place. Now, they’re offering a million-dollar reward to the person who can come up with a solution. God knows Kaleida president and CEO James Kaskie’s got no idea, despite making like ten times that amount over the past five years.
But there is a bright side. The employees who used to work at Gates Circle will soon be counted among the people working at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. So that will create the illusion of job creation there. Ask yourself: Isn’t the appearance of job creation better than the lack of the appearance of job creation?
This is the way economic engines work, apparently.