Paychex Inc. founder and chairman Thomas Golisano has donated $4 million to the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School to establish the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge and Hospitality House to accommodate cancer and transplant patients and their families, the school announced Monday.
The facility will be located on the schoolâ€™s South Goodman Street campus, replacing the current Hope Lodge on Winton Road North, officials said. It will be housed in the Trevor/Eaton facility, formerly a dormitory, and provide 35 to 40 hotel-style rooms.
The renovation is estimated to cost $5.7 million, and the school is seeking additional donors to fund the balance. Construction begins in the fall with the opening planned for summer 2009.
â€œHere again, Mr. Golisanoâ€™s deep and abiding concern for this community is a catalyst for innovation,â€ said Eugene Bay, president of CRCDS. â€œThis project will alleviate suffering, strengthen the fabric of our community and serve as a model for other communities throughout the country.â€
The facility is slated to allow patients to stay in a home-like setting between periods of intensive care. Families will be allowed to stay with patients in rooms and suites that include communal space, kitchens, laundry facilities and wireless Internet service.
â€œThe partnership of the American Cancer Society, Colgate Rochester Crozer and others is exemplary and serves as a model for successful collaboration among non-profit organizations in the community,â€ Golisano said. â€œThis project brings together the strength and expertise of each entity creating a safe, nurturing and favorable environment for critically ill patients and their families.â€
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