RRH urology department receives $5 million donation

RRH urology department receives $5 million donation

Rochester Regional Health’s Urology Department has received a $5 million gift to establish the Di Francesco Urology Institute. The donation came from Olindo and Filomena Di Francesco.

“Money doesn’t mean anything if you can’t do things to help others,” said Olindo Di Francesco. “Dr. John Valvo saved my life, and I wanted to do anything I could to give back to Rochester Regional Health.”

The institute will feature new state-of-the-art technology that will improve the quality of life for patients for decades to come, officials said. It will provide patients with new treatment options for prostate conditions and kidney stones using the Olympus Solitive SuperPulsed Laser System.

“Olindo and Filomena’s generosity will ensure a lasting legacy for their family and the impact of their donation can already be felt for patients at the Di Francesco Urology Institute,” said John Valvo M.D., chief of robotic surgery at Rochester Regional Health.

Known in the community for their Italian supermarket and philanthropic donations to Saint Padre Pio Chapel, the Di Francescos will now also be known for giving Rochester Regional Health patients access to a state of the art outpatient urologic operating room equipped with the first major breakthrough in urology laser technology in two decades.

“More than half a million Americans seek medical treatment for kidney stone problems every year and this new laser system will allow us to deliver faster and more efficient care to our patients, breaking the stones in less than half the time it would typically take,” said Louis Eichel, chief of urology. “This gets patients back on their feet faster.”

Other patient care investments the health system is making because of the Di Francesco’s donation include the Olympus Plasma technology and Narrow Band Imaging technologies.

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