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Golisano Children's Hospital is Dedicated -- Celebrating Kids, Community, and Future

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Rochesster, NY--May 27, 2015-- Miracle Kids, grateful families, University of Rochester leadership, and significant building donors including hospital namesake B. Thomas Golisano celebrated the dedication of UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital on May 27, 2015.

The largest capital project in the university’s history, the new eight-story, $145 million hospital is 245,000 square feet. For the first time, the children’s hospital will feature all-private rooms and specialized technology dedicated to healing sick and injured children. The new space is set to open in mid-July for the 74,000 children across the Finger Lakes region that come to Golisano Children’s Hospital for care each year.

The celebration started at 4 p.m., and was emceed by 13WHAM anchor and Golisano Children’s Hospital board member Jennifer Johnson. Remarks followed from:

A “Parade of Miracles,” complete with drummers and more than 30 children in our care, were part of the dedication.  In addition to the customary ribbon that was cut, the ceremony also included a symbolic “ribbon” made from patients’ and families’ hand-drawn pictures, stickers and messages of thanks. Faculty and staff of the children’s hospital have fashioned these heartfelt messages into a brightly colored paper ribbon that the parade participants will cut.

A Hospital Built by the Community
Recognized as “the hospital the community built,” the new children’s hospital is a product of years of planning by visionary leaders. Nearly 8,500 individuals and community groups have given more than $53 million in philanthropic gifts to the new hospital to date. Donors have come from 38 states, the District of Columbia, and two of Canada’s Provinces. One-third of donors, many of whom are children, have given $25 or less.

Leading gifts include:

“The new children’s hospital will be a destination for specialized pediatric care, made possible by the vision of several innovative minds and the donations of many,” said Mark Taubman, M.D., University of Rochester CEO and School of Medicine and Dentistry dean. “Medical staff will be practicing with the latest technology and research in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility.”

A Hospital Environment Designed with Children and Families in Mind
The hospital environment was designed to minimize stress, fear and anxiety for patients and families. Features include:

Improved Clinical Spaces, Advanced Technology Additions
The hospital includes clinical care improvements and specialized technology.

Golisano Children’s Hospital is the leading pediatric hospital for the Finger Lakes region. It offers specialized services including cardiovascular, neonatal care, critical care, hematology, oncology, bone marrow transplant, nephrology, gastrointestinal (GI), renal transplant, urology, surgery, pulmonology, sleep medicine, burn care, trauma, plastic surgery, ear, nose and throat (ENT), adolescent medicine, gynecology (GYN), endocrinology, and orthopaedics just to name a few.
“The new children’s hospital will allow us to take our goal of patient- and family-centered care to a new level,” said Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D., the William H. Eilinger Chair of Pediatrics and Pediatrician-in-Chief of Golisano Children’s Hospital. “Children heal faster and more comfortably when their families are close by and when the family is a part of the care team. Our new building now allows us to better accommodate these needs.”

Phase two of the children’s hospital construction will include building an operating suite on the building’s fourth floor and moving the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to the sixth floor. Construction is scheduled to start later this year and be completed in 2016.