A capital campaign to expand the trauma center at Erie County Medical Center Corp. (ECMC) is more than halfway to its goal, due to a grant of $600,000 from KeyBank. The funding, which comes through the KeyBank Foundation in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, supports the relocation of ECMC’s existing trauma center/emergency department to a new $58 million facility.

ECMC a Perfect Fit for KeyBank Foundation Goals

Gary Quenneville, Upstate New York regional executive for KeyBank, said the project fits well with the foundation’s goals, especially with ECMC’s reach beyond the immediate Buffalo area as the designated trauma center in Upstate New York.

“The foundation is looking for those kinds of community-wide transformational projects that have a wide reach,” Quenneville said. “When we think about where we want to invest our dollars, those are major considerations – projects that are impactful for our region.”

Both KeyBank and First Niagara were longtime supporters of ECMC, with past support for such projects as the mobile mammography bus and renovations in the psychology unit.

Campaign Support Exceeds Expectations

Much of that support has come early from individuals, physicians and staff at the hospital, the category of givers that typically comes last.

“Usually campaigns start with some major gifts from foundations and corporations, but we’ve kind of done it in reverse,” said Thomas Quatroche Jr., ECMC President and CEO. “It’s a great story to be told. KeyBank has been a great partner for us in many ways. We’re very pleased they stepped up to help with this project.” (Source: The Buffalo News)