Newly pledged donations totaling nearly $3 million have put Golisano Children’s Hospital closer to completing the second phase of the $190 million pediatric hospital project, UR Medicine officials said Thursday.
Former Buffalo resident Rita Buzzard is contributing $2 million to fund the Clay E. and Rita M. Buzzard Pediatric Cardiology Cath Lab Suite. The donation is made to honor her late husband, Clay, and their six children.
Also pledged is a $750,000 donation from Fairport Music Festival creators Andy McDermott and Rob Burch.
An annual event featuring canal side performances and fare from Fairport eateries for the past decade, the festival donates its entire proceeds to Golisano Children’s Hospital. It so far has raised $1.7 million. Golisano Children’s Hospital officials plan to name the facility’s pediatric cardiac operating room in the Fairport event’s honor.
“We are extremely grateful to Rita Buzzard and her family, as well as Andy McDermott and Rob Burch, for their generosity,” UR medical center CEO Mark Taubman said.
In addition to the pediatric cardiology catheterization laboratory and the cardiac operating room, Phase II of the children’s hospital project includes the addition of five other new operating rooms. Also yet to come are 23 new private pre-operative and post-operative recovery rooms and a gastroenterology surgical procedure suite.
Relocation of 12 existing pediatric intensive care beds and 10 pediatric general care beds from Strong Memorial to the adjacent new Golisano Children’s Hospital tower and the addition of six new pediatric ICU beds also is planned.
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