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The next generation of pediatric care arrives

Thomas Golisano pledged a $20 million gift to the hospital in July 2011. He is flanked by UR president Joel Seligman, right, and former URMC CEO Bradford Berk M.D.(Photo courtesy of UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital)


Thirteen years after Paychex Inc. founder Thomas Golisano donated $14 million to fund a pediatric intensive care unit, the hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center that bears his name will reach a long-awaited milestone.

A May 27 dedication will celebrate the new eight-story Golisano Children’s Hospital tower. And when it opens July 14, the 245,000-square-foot facility will rank among the nation’s top children’s hospitals.

Yet there is more to come. Plans call for the $145.9 million first phase to be followed by a $45.3 million second phase—for a total project cost of $191.2 million.

Years in the making, construction of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital was launched with a second, $20 million gift from Paychex’s founder four years ago.

“This wonderful story begins with Tom Golisano, whose vision and generosity fueled creation of Rochester’s original Golisano Children’s Hospital,” UR president Joel Seligman said. “Years later, Tom’s financial support and commitment to children inspired another leap forward. And so, in a few short weeks, the next generation of pediatric care begins at an all-new Golisano Children’s Hospital.”

Added Seligman: “We are proud to bring this beautiful facility and all its advantages to our community. And we are profoundly grateful to everyone who has made this milestone possible: our providers, nurses and staff, who deliver expert care with great compassion; the children and families who trust our hospital for their care; and the many thousands of generous donors who support our mission and help us carry it forward.”

A new $3 million gift from UR trustee Richard Aab was announced this week. The atrium in the hospital is to be named the Ganatra Family Atrium, to honor Aab’s friend—and US LEC Corp. co-founder—Tansukh Ganatra and his family.

“Construction of an all-new children’s hospital has long been a vision for the University of Rochester and its medical center,” Aab said. “As a member of URMC’s board of directors and the university’s board of trustees, I join with their leadership and the entire community in celebrating this wonderful achievement.

“Golisano Children’s Hospital has delivered exceptional pediatric care for Rochester and the entire region for many years. I am proud to support its continued growth, which benefits children, their families, and a community that extends from Rochester throughout the Finger Lakes region.”

Mark Taubman, M.D., CEO of URMC and UR Medicine, said the new hospital—the largest capital project in UR’s history—will set a new standard for specialized pediatric care in the Rochester region.

“It will bring new technology and clinical-care capabilities to patients,” he said. “And it will offer patients and their parents greater comfort and privacy thanks to its all-private rooms, play spaces for children and in-room sleeping accommodations for parents. To families who travel from long distances and must spend weeks or months in the hospital, these are important factors that raise the quality of care and improve their experience of care as well.

“The new hospital will be an attraction for families across the region, and it will help us recruit new pediatric specialists to train and practice in Rochester,” Taubman added. “It’s an exciting and wonderful addition to the portfolio of medical services, research and education we offer at the University of Rochester Medical Center.”

Golisano Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital in the Rochester area. But its importance extends much farther—it is the referral center for all seriously ill or injured children from the 17-county Finger Lakes region and provides specialty care to patients who come from all parts of New York.

Robert Decker of Syracuse is step-father of Peyton Bean, who was seriously injured in a car accident and underwent craniofacial surgery at the hospital.

“Even now, they’ve offered to find us similar services closer to home, but for us, it’s worth the hour and a half car ride,” he said. “We can’t put a price on what these people have done for her.”

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


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