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RGH dedicates Golisano Pavilion

Rochester General Hospital officials and Paychex Inc. founder and chairman Thomas Golisano dedicated the B. Thomas Golisano Pavilion and Emergency Center Wednesday.

Golisano gave $9 million toward the hospital addition.

The Pavilion, which will house state-of-the-art treatment areas for emergency medicine and the nationally recognized Rochester Heart Institute, is a centerpiece of Rochester General’s $55 million master facility plan.

The new Emergency Department, which will occupy the first floor of the Pavilion, will open for patients on Oct. 7.  Two major components of the Heart Institute—The Sands Family Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit  and the Przysinda Family Foundation Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Lab—will be housed on the second floor of the building, linked to the emergency department by a dedicated elevator that cuts critical time for life-saving treatment for patients with acute cardiac events, officials said.

The Cardiothoracic ICU is slated to open Oct. 3, while the new Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Labs will be used for patients beginning Oct. 18. 

Construction of the Golisano Pavilion began in September 2007 and represents Phase I of an extensive renovation and modernization project.

“Speaking for all associated with Rochester General Hospital, we are extremely grateful for Mr. Golisano’s generosity and support of our institution,” said Mark Clement, president and CEO of Rochester General Health System, in a statement. “His gift, and the wonderful new facility that it helped fund, will enable Rochester General to continue to meet the needs of a growing patient population … It’s clearly another example of the wonderful spirit of philanthropy and love for community that Tom consistently demonstrates.”

The new center will include:

  • An emergency department double the size, with areas to accommodate efficiently changing patient populations. The number of acute care beds will increase from 65 to 87.
  • Pediatric emergency services within the main emergency department, with a dedicated waiting area for pediatric patients and their families.
  • A 64-channel CT Scanner that provides patients and staff with efficient access and enhanced diagnostic imaging.
  • A crisis intervention area for patients in need of psychiatric care.
  • More beds to create a clinical decision unit for observation/diagnosis of patients who may require hospitalization.
  • A new trauma suite that doubles the capacity for treating patients with serious injuries or illnesses, with new, leading-edge monitoring equipment.

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