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Community tribute

Without question, the new Golisano Children’s Hospital embodies the vision and generosity of Paychex Inc. founder Thomas Golisano. Without his gifts—totaling $34 million—it’s hard to imagine how the University of Rochester would have built the eight-story tower to be dedicated next week.

Yet it’s also true that the hospital’s new home reflects this community’s generous spirit and can-do attitude. To date, more than 8,500 individuals and community groups—most of them from this region—have contributed financially to the project.

Paying tribute to those who have backed the new hospital with their gifts, UR president Joel Seligman said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support this project has received from so many people here in Rochester, the region and far beyond.”

As a result, Rochester will have a state-of-the-art home for one of the nation’s foremost children’s hospitals. The new structure has 245,000 square feet of space and boasts an array of new technology—pincluding one of a handful of PET/MRI scanners nationwide.

The building boasts spacious private rooms as well. The reason is not luxury but quality of care; it allows for more caregiver space and an environment that promotes healing.

The new hospital will draw families from throughout the Rochester-Finger Lakes region and, indeed, from well beyond. And as noted by UR medical center CEO Mark Taubman and others, it will be a magnet for top-quality pediatric specialists.

At the same time, there’s more work to be done

—and more money to be raised. The build-out of two floors of the tower await the second phase of the nearly $200 million project. Farther down the road, two more floors could be added atop the eight-story structure.

While nothing is guaranteed, the community commitment that has seen the hospital through completion of the first phase bodes well for the future.

Rochester has long been known for the quality of its health care. That would be the case even without the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. But with it, local health care has reached a whole new level.

5/22/15 (c) 2015 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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