Rochester, N.Y. - After five years of planning - The University of Rochester broke ground on its largest capital project ever - the new Golisano Children's Hospital.
The groundbreaking - attended by several children who have benefited from the hospital's care - marks the start of construction on the eight-story, $145-million building. The new hospital features 52 private patient rooms, an expanded neo-natal intensive care unit and various spaces designed to meet the needs of children and their families - including a hospitality suite where parents can shower, prepare meals as a family and even run a load of laundry.
"This is truly the community's children's hospital. The children and families have been our partners, literally at the table, in designing this hospital to meet their needs, as well as those of the staff who care for them," said Nina Schor, pediatrician-in-chief at Golisano Children's Hospital. "While we are more than halfway there in funding this critical project - we have a long way to go before wew can open the doors in 2015."
U of R President, Joel Seligman says - "This is a proud day. We have already been delivering outstanding patient care and this new facility is going to make Rochester a destination for pediatric care across upstate New York and the nation."
When completed, the building will connect to Strong Memorial Hospital and consolidate the units that care for children under one roof.
“This is truly the community’s children’s hospital. The children and families of the Greater Rochester region have been our partners, literally at the table, in designing this hospital to meet their needs, as well as those of the staff who care for them,” said Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Golisano Children's Hospital and the William H. Eilinger Chair of Pediatrics. “While we are more than halfway there in funding this critical project, we have a long way to go before we can open the doors in 2015.”