Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (1892–2017) was a children's hospital in Buffalo, New York. It was a pediatric facility serving patients in Western New York and parts of Southern Ontario. It was a teaching hospital loosely affiliated with the State University of New York at Buffalo. The hospital treated infants, children, teens, and young adults aged 0–21[1] and also had extensive women's health facilities.

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo
Kaleida Health
LocationBuffalo, New York, United States
Coordinates42°54′33″N 78°52′30″W / 42.90927°N 78.87494°W / 42.90927; -78.87494Coordinates: 42°54′33″N 78°52′30″W / 42.90927°N 78.87494°W / 42.90927; -78.87494
Care systemPrivate
Affiliated universityState University of New York at Buffalo
Emergency departmentLevel I Pediatric Trauma Center
Beds200 (pediatric)
75 (maternity & nursery)
SpecialityPediatrics and pediatric subspecialities
OpenedMay 1892
ClosedNovember 2017
ListsHospitals in New York


The hospital was founded in 1892 as The Children's Hospital of Buffalo.[2] During the first year of operation, so many patients were turned away for lack of space that in 1893 the hospital was forced to increase the capacity by 40 beds. During the next few decades, the hospital renovated and added modern medical equipment, and by the 1950s, hospital had about 200 pediatric beds and 75 beds for women and bassinets.[2] Over the years[which?] the hospital was recognized many times[quantify] by U.S. News & World Report for its leading national pediatric programs.[3][failed verification] After a merger with Kaleida Health, the facility was renamed Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB). The hospital was then closed in 2017 when the newly built Oishei Children's Hospital opened on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (about one mile from WCHOB).[4]


  1. ^ "Pediatric Surgery: - Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo - Buffalo, NY". web.archive.org. 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  2. ^ a b "About WCHOB – Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo – A Kaleida Health Facility". Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. July 16, 2011. Archived from the original on 2005-01-13. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  3. ^ "Best Children's Hospitals in Buffalo, NY – US News Best Hospitals". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on 2012-05-28. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  4. ^ "How the new Oishei Children's Hospital came to be". The Buffalo News. November 4, 2017. Retrieved 2020-02-03.