On Wednesday, May 27, the new Golisano Children’s Hospital was dedicated in Rochester. It is expected to open to the community in July.
The Democrat and Chronicle reports that at $145 million, the eight-story, 245,00 square foot building is the largest capital building project in the University of Rochester’s history. The hospital will be capable of serving up to 17 counties across western New York and elsewhere.
“There really is nothing like it anywhere else in upstate New York,” said Dr. Nina Schor, the hospital’s pediatrician-in-chief.
Golisano Children’s Hospital will be the first hospital in the country to have an integrated PET/MRI imaging system. The hospital will have private rooms and play areas for children. More than 74,000 children are expected to be treated at the hospital annually.
The hospital is “a referral center for the highest-end procedures,” said Dr. Mark Taubman, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center. “When we talk about how is this good for the parents, in the broader sense we are providing state of the art surgical services that otherwise you’d have to leave western New York for.”
Since initial plans were drawn up in 2009, Golisano Children’s Hospital was a joint effort between Rochester government officials and the University of Rochester Medical Center. Nearly 8,500 people and community organizations have donated a total of $53 million for the hospital’s construction.
The hospital is named after B. Thomas Golisano, a local businessman and founder of Paychex, Inc. who donated $20 million to start construction.
In addition to providing the latest in medical treatment and technology, the hospital was designed to “minimize stress and anxiety” for both pediatric patients and their parents. Many of the private rooms and waiting areas are decorated in a way that will provide comfort. The CT scan room, for example, will feature a painting of a lighthouse and the PET/MRI has a “pirate”-style theme.
The hospital is also expected to generate new jobs in the local area, although the exact number has yet to be specified. One area of medicine the hospital will undoubtedly bolster is the pharmaceutical industry. Already a leading component of the medical field, pharmaceuticals generated more than $231 billion in 2011 alone.
Though the hospital is set to open in July, some construction efforts will be ongoing. By 2017, the hospital will feature even more rooms and equipment, particularly several pediatric operating rooms, a cardiac operating chamber, and a 20-bed intensive care unit.