New Medical Complex Redefines the Landscape of Health Care in WNY
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY — UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine (UBMDOSM), the largest and most trusted orthopaedics group in Western New York, in conjunction with UBMD Surgery, one of the largest and most respected surgical practices in Western New York, and Great Lakes Medical Imaging (GLMI), the premier outpatient radiology provider in Western New York, marked the grand opening of their new facilities at 716 Health with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 31. Administrators and providers from UBMDOSM, UBMD Surgery and GLMI, referring physicians and community partners gathered to celebrate this milestone. They were joined by project developer and Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation CEO Paul F. Ciminelli, along with representatives from Arc Building Partners and CannonDesign, key partners in the complex’s development. Leslie J. Bisson, MD, Brian E. McGrath, MD, and Steven D. Schwaitzberg MD, FACS, distinguished surgeons and three of the visionary leaders behind this new, state-of-the-art complex, offered remarks. Chief Operating Officer Amber DiNatale spoke on behalf of GLMI, and Paul Ciminelli offered remarks on behalf of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation and his role in developing this new facility, which is set to redefine the landscape of health care in Western New York and beyond.
Located on a 15-acre site at 111 North Maplemere Rd. in Williamsville, 716 Health is a newly built $100 million, 160,000-square-foot medical and surgical complex designed to serve Erie and Niagara counties and southern Ontario by offering the highest caliber orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, sports medicine, ambulatory surgery, general surgery, imaging and rehabilitation services. As a centralized location and comprehensive health center prioritizing patient service and convenient access, UBMDOSM, UBMD Surgery and GLMI plan to use this opportunity to expand their longstanding commitment to providing the region with exemplary patient care and outcomes.
“This is an exciting time, not only for our health care community, but also for everyone living in Western New York,” says Dr. Bisson, who serves as June A. and Eugene R. Mindell, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, and Associate Dean for Clinical Transformation for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, in addition to serving as the Medical Director for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. “716 Health is quickly becoming THE destination for the highest level of musculoskeletal and outpatient surgical care. As clinicians, researchers and educators, our team at UBMDOSM is committed to improving the health of our community. It is our duty to take care of the people living in this region with excellence, respect and compassion.”
As a driving force behind the complex’s development, UBMDOSM has expanded and relocated its Harlem Road facility to 716 Health. With over 50,000 square feet of space dedicated to UBMDOSM, it is an all-inclusive destination for expert musculoskeletal, sports medicine, rehabilitation and urgent care services that can serve over 200 patients per hour. The practice’s 48 board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians have vast experience and expertise covering the entire spectrum of treatment for bones, joints, muscles and concussions. They treat several thousands of Western New York patients each year, including 226,471 unique office visits and 31,414 new patients in 2023 alone.
“This type of center is the future,” says Dr. McGrath, lead physician in the 716 Health development project and Lower Extremity Joint Replacement & Reconstruction, Hip Arthroscopy & Reconstruction and Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “This is where health care is headed. We need to shift more appropriate care from expensive hospital settings to more cost-effective outpatient centers. Complexes like this, with the support of our hospital partners, provide patients access to a comprehensive variety of specialists and services, all in one convenient and accessible location.”
Adjacent to the Northtown Center ice rink and across from the University at Buffalo’s athletic facilities on Millersport Highway, 716 Health will provide a wide continuum of health care. Another collaborator in the complex’s development, UBMD Surgery, occupies 25,000-square-feet of the new facility, offering Western New York patients with outpatient options for general surgery, vascular surgery and colorectal surgery. The growing practice has recently increased its number of physicians through expansions under the leadership of Dr. Schwaitzberg, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
“716 Health is not simply a facility,” says Dr. Schwaitzberg. “It is a testament to a shared vision of excellence and compassion. It is our collective goal to exceed all expectations and set a new standard for care in the Western New York region.”
With 16,000 square feet at 716 Health, GLMI’s offerings at this location include MRI, PET/CT scan, nuclear medicine, low-dose CT scan, X-ray, fluoroscopy, bone densitometry, ultrasound and 3D mammography services. All of the practice’s radiologists are board-certified by the American Board of Radiology and are required to have extensive training.
“Great Lakes Medical Imaging is proud to be a part of this embodiment of progress, evolution and a shared commitment to service,” says DiNatale, Chief Operating Officer at Great Lakes Medical Imaging. “We are all inspired by this new era in health care — one that puts the patient first and is defined by compassion, innovation and the relentless pursuit of healing.”
The joint Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 716 Health was followed by tours of the new, state-of-the-art facilities occupied by all three practices.
Festivities also included a ribbon-cutting for UBMDOSM’s new EOS imaging equipment, as part of the practice’s commitment to providing global-leading, world-class orthopaedic imaging solutions. The EOSedge System is a revolutionary low-dose, full-body imaging tool designed to visualize a patient’s entire anatomy, providing the whole picture. UBMDOSM uses this technology for pediatric, orthopaedic and spine applications. The combination of several new technologies allows for high quality and efficient X-rays, and improves patient diagnosis, treatment and long-term outcomes.
About UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine:
UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine (UBMDOSM) is a member of UBMD Physicians’ Group, the largest medical group in Buffalo with over 600 physicians across all practices. UBMDOSM is comprised of 48 physicians engaged in providing orthopaedic services to patients in Western New York and surrounding areas, as well as providing clinical instruction and supervision to the residents and fellows of the Department of Orthopaedics and the students of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The group is affiliated with Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), Catholic Health System and Niagara Falls Memorial, and staffs Buffalo General Hospital, ECMC and Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. In addition, they are the team doctors for the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Americans, UB Bulls, Buffalo State Bengals, ECC Kats, NCCC Thunderwolves, Niagara University Purple Eagles, Daemen University Wildcats and Hilbert Hawks.
About UBMD Surgery:
UBMD Surgery is WNY’s largest multidisciplinary surgical specialty practice employing over 45 surgeons in 10 different specialties. As a part of the UBMD Physicians’ Group, we take pride in teaching the next generation of surgeons how to be the doctors of the future, all while providing excellent patient care and outcomes. The group is affiliated with Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), Catholic Health System and Niagara Falls Memorial, and staffs Buffalo General Hospital, ECMC and Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. To learn more, visit ubmdsurgery.com.
About Great Lakes Medical Imaging:
Great Lakes Medical Imaging is the premier outpatient radiology provider in Western New York. Formerly known as NorthTowns Imaging, Apex Imaging and Northtowns MRI, GLMI is dedicated to providing the highest quality service to our community. All of our radiologists are board-certified by the American Board of Radiology and are required to have extensive training along with their years of experience. Great Lakes Medical Imaging is an ACR Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence. We are proud to meet this national organization’s high standard for the practice of medical imaging. GLMI offers five convenient locations throughout Western New York. To learn more, visit glmi.com.
About EOS imaging:
EOS imaging, an ATEC company, is a leader in outcome-improving radiographic imaging and data-informed software solutions. EOS is globally recognized for its low-dose, full-body biplanar imaging platform and its cloud-based digital spine ecosystem. EOS technology informs the entire surgical process by capturing a calibrated, full-body image in a weight-bearing position, enabling precise measurement of anatomical angles and dimensions. The EOS ecosystem drives a more accurate understanding of patient alignment during diagnosis, elevates the likelihood of surgical goal fulfillment by integrating a fully informed plan, and enables a post-operative assessment of the treatment strategy. Learn more at eos-imaging.com.