Released: 6/16/2022 6:00:00 AM
As a prominent figure throughout our hospital’s history, it is with great sadness we announce the passing of Sal Alfiero on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
For over 35 years, Sal provided support to both Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH), recognizing the need to support the only standalone children’s hospital in New York State.
Sal understood our mission and the importance of providing quality care to kids across Western New York. One of his earliest investments was in the funding of the construction of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Later, recognizing the value of minimizing transportation time especially in critical situations, helipads were retrofitted to the original hospital and part of the original construction at OCH.
“On behalf of the entire Kaleida Health organization, we offer our sincere condolences to the Alfiero family,” said Bob Nesselbush, CEO of Kaleida Health. “Sal was known as a great businessman and community leader. He made a tremendous impact as a loyal supporter of both the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo as well as its successor, Oishei Children’s Hospital. He was also instrumental in the original Kaleida Health merger nearly 25 years ago. His legacy will live on, not only from his philanthropy but through his leadership, vision and passion for health care here in Western New York.”
Sal was a pillar in the development of the move to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and building of John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. In 2012, he made a $5 million donation that helped fund the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department. In 2014, he added an additional $1-million commitment specifically for the new hospital’s helipad. This $6-million-dollar commitment was the largest personal gift during the fundraising campaign for the new hospital.
Establishing a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center for all of Western New York, there was a significant need for a well-equipped Emergency Department at Oishei Children’s Hospital. Sal fulfilled this need and contributed to the state-of-the-art pediatric emergency center.
“A donor and friend like Sal does not come around often. Someone so committed to giving back to their community and in the way he was able to is just remarkable,” said Allegra C. Jaros, MBA, president, Oishei Children’s Hospital. “Sal is the most significant individual donor in the history of our community’s children’s hospital and has made a long-standing impact on the care we have been able to provide. We are forever grateful.”
Sal served as Board Chair for the former Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and was one of the six founding directors of Kaleida Health when it was formed in 1998. He subsequently served as its second Board Chair and provided over $30,000 in support to the Kaleida Health Foundation over the years to assist Millard Fillmore Suburban and Buffalo General hospitals.
Sal was a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps and flew in the 1960s as a member of the Marine Attack Squadron 214, also known as the Black Sheep Squadron which was formed during WWII. Alfiero later formed Mark IV as a supplier of specialized lighting components for instrument panels used for helicopters in the Vietnam War.
Collectively, his business ventures, Mark IV Industries and The Mark IV Industries Foundation, along with his personal foundation, the Alfiero Family Charitable Foundation, Sal has contributed more than $9 million to children’s hospital over the years.
His legacy remains at OCH as “The Alfiero Family Emergency Care Center” and “Alfiero Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.”
Oishei Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation will always remember Sal for his insurmountable generosity and passion for bettering health care for our kids and families.