Highland Receives One of the Largest Single Gifts in the Hospital's 117-Year History

May 17, 2006

Highland Hospital announced today that it has received a $1 million grant from the Wolk Foundation to expand the Highland Emergency Department. The gift will allow the hospital to move forward this fall with plans to expand and renovate its ED.

The Highland Emergency Department will be named in perpetuity for the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation in recognition of their $1 million gift to support the renovation and expansion of the ED.

“We are honored to receive this wonderful donation from the Wolk Foundation. Their generous gift will have a significant benefit to our patients and the community. We are very grateful for the support we have received thus far and are actively soliciting donations for our continuing Capital Campaign,” said Virginia Cornyn, Highland Hospital Capital Campaign Chair.

In October 2005, Highland Hospital launched the public phase of its five-year, $10 million Capital Campaign at the George Eastman House. With the addition of the Wolk Foundation gift, the hospital has achieved 72 percent of its campaign goal.

Highland’s Emergency Department was last renovated in 1975. Over the past  seven years, the annual ED volume has increased by almost 12,000 visits. This year Highland expects to treat more than 28,000 patients in its Emergency Department.

The hospital plans to begin construction in the fall of 2006. The ED project will be done in phases. Phase one begins with the relocation of the Ambulatory Procedure Center, which is located next to the ED. The current ED configuration will expand from 7,000 square feet to 17,751 square feet and from 18 acute care beds to 25.

“Our clinical staff is looking forward to moving ahead with our expansion plan. The new configuration will improve our efficiency by increasing the square footage and adding new innovative technology.  Everything we do will benefit our patients and the community,” said Dr. John Hilmi, director of the Highland Hospital Emergency Department.

Highland Hospital continues to be one of the fastest growing hospitals in the region. In May, Highland dedicated the new Department of Surgery/Bariatric Center. Highland’s Bariatric surgery program is one of the largest in the Northeast. In addition, in March 2005, Highland opened the Evarts Joint Center for orthopaedics. The Center includes a 20-bed inpatient unit and two operating rooms. Later this year, the Evarts Joint Center will open an outpatient clinic off the main lobby.

For 117 years, Highland Hospital has provided innovative, high-quality patient care for the Rochester community. Today, Highland is a 261-licensed acute care facility, known for its comprehensive women’s services, nationally ranked geriatrics program, the Evarts Joint Center for orthopaedics, regional leading gastric bypass program and extensive network of primary care physicians.

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