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Erie County Medical Center is expecting a maternity unit to help strengthen its competitive position among area hospitals.
The $2.7 million project, which would put a nine-bed unit in the medical center's Grider Street complex, has cleared several hurdles in the state Department of Health review process. It is now waiting for a final OK from state Health Commissioner Dr. Barbara DeBuono.
It would help ECMC comer some of the area's maternity market and become a one-stop health-care shop, said Paul Candino, medical center CEO.
The project presents this question: Is ECMC duplicating available services while trying to become a more competitive player? …