The $45 million second phase for the Golisano Children’s Hospital is slated to bring even more pediatric services under one roof. And with room for further expansion, the hospital is looking at even more services for children down the road.
The $146 million first phase of the hospital involves construction of the eight-story tower that will open this summer. It will house 52 private inpatient or medical-surgical rooms—26 rooms on the seventh floor and an equal number on the eighth floor.
The tower’s neonatal intensive care unit will have 44 private rooms. Existing NICU space will be renovated, creating 24 additional private rooms—for a total of 68 NICU rooms at the hospital.
Two floors of the building will be dedicated to medical and surgical care, and the ground floor will be devoted to pediatric imaging services.
Another two floors will not be fully developed when the hospital tower opens. They will be the main focus of phase two of the hospital project, targeted for next year.
During the second phase, the hospital’s intensive care unit, cardiac care center and operating suite will move into the new building, said Kathleen Parrinello, chief operating officer of the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Phase two will occupy 60,000 square feet in the new building, Parrinello said.
“It’s an important expansion for us,” she said.
When the second phase is completed, the lion’s share of children’s services—with the exceptions of emergency room visits and behavioral health—will be within the same building.
The operating suite will be located on the fourth floor. The pediatric intensive care center unit and pediatric cardiac care center will be housed on the sixth floor.
Like the other floors in the tower, those to be completed in the second phase will showcase New York landscapes. The fourth floor will be themed as a glen, while the sixth floor’s theme will be a garden.
Many of the services to be moved in the second phase go hand in hand, Parrinello said. For example, patients leaving the operating room are transported to the intensive care unit.
Today, those departments are a short elevator ride away; the goal of the new layout was to keep them close together.
Walter Pegoli Jr. M.D. is Golisano Children’s Hospital’s chief of pediatric surgery and surgeon-in-chief as well as professor of surgery and pediatrics at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry.
He said it is advantageous to patients and care teams to have two high-acuity areas like the operating room and intensive care unit in close proximity.
“On occasion, transport of extremely ill children over long distances from the (operating room) to the (intensive care unit) can be difficult for the patient and can increase the risk of complications,” Pegoli said. “Our new space diminishes this risk significantly.”
Since some of the services in phase two now are performed in the same space as adult services, the move will free up blocks of time for adult patients as well, Parrinello said.
The hospital performs 4,000 pediatric surgical procedures annually, for example. Time also will be freed up in related laboratories that currently process both adult and children’s procedures, she explained.
In addition, moving the services in phase two will allow the hospital to enlarge and modernize operating rooms that were built in the 1970s.
Parrinello said the hospital is far enough along in the design process for the second phase to get solid price estimates to fully build out those spaces.
Hospital officials are targeting the second phase for 2016. The project is estimated to take 16 months to complete.
The hospital plans to use a combination of fundraising and equity to finance the second phase, Parrinello said. A targeted fundraising campaign will begin after phase one is wrapped up.
There still will be room to grow after the second phase is completed, Parrinello added, with space for two additional floors.
There currently are no plans for those additional floors, but hospital leaders will assess its clinical needs moving forward and then start new construction at an appropriate time, Parrinello added.
Steven Goldstein, Strong Memorial Hospital’s president and CEO, said the entire hospital project will have a positive impact on the region.
“Our region’s pediatricians form the nucleus of children’s care, and this new facility, with its faculty and staff, is here to support those pediatricians in giving even the most fragile children the best possible start,” he said. “Not only is the new Golisano Children’s Hospital upstate’s most comprehensive resource for pediatric care, it is simply among the best of the 194 U.S. children’s hospitals.”
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