For those who live in the communities that surround Golisano Children’s Hospital and sometimes even those who work within it, it is easy to think of the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Rochester and the Golisano Children’s Hospital as one and the same. But in actuality, nothing could be further from the truth.
The children and families who count on our services are incredibly fortunate to be cared for by faculty and staff from nearly a dozen departments and schools of the University of Rochester in addition to the Department of Pediatrics. The Departments of Surgery, Imaging Sciences, Pathology, Anesthesiology, Orthopedics, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Urology, Otolaryngology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Dermatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Social Work, Pastoral Services, Pharmacy, Dietary, Facilities Management, the Schools of Nursing and Education, and our community colleagues at the Ronald McDonald House all contribute faculty, staff, and services to what, in aggregate, is the Golisano Children’s Hospital. And, as we work to build and outfit our new Golisano Children’s Hospital and expand and improve the services we offer to our community, all of these departments and schools are bringing their expertise and resources to bear on making everything as perfect as it can be.Â
Case in point: Our Department of Imaging Sciences will occupy the ground floor of our new building. This is a huge improvement for our hospitalized children; but it is no small matter for the faculty and staff of URMC Imaging Sciences. Separating children’s imaging services from their adult counterparts is exactly the right thing to do for our patients and families; but it means distance between service areas, added equipment cost and maintenance, and new anesthesia and recovery areas that have to be staffed and monitored.
How will Pediatric Imaging Sciences manage this? Our community partners at B&L Wholesale Supply, steadfast friends of the hospital and the children and families we serve, have certainly given them a wonderful head start! But it will take more than any one individual, any one corporation – even with the unique customers and suppliers of B&L – can provide.
The Department of Imaging Sciences, largely an adult imaging department, has committed significant resources of its own to bringing the best in pediatric imaging to Western NY. For example, we will be among a tiny handful of pediatric centers with PET-MRI, a tool that vastly improves care of children with cancer, brain disorders like epilepsy, and blood vessel malformations. We couldn’t be more grateful or more proud than we are of our Department of Imaging Sciences and our friends at B&L Wholesale Supply.
All the best,
Nina F. Schor, MD, PhD
Pediatrician-in-Chief, Golisano Children’s Hospital
William H. Eilinger Chair of Pediatrics