Pediatric Outpatient Treatment Center Expands

Senator Alesi donation helps give children at Golisano Children’s Hospital more privacy, space

August 13, 2008

New York State Senator Jim Alesi has secured $250,000 for the renovation and expansion of the B&L Wholesale Pediatric Treatment Center at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. The renovation, which cost $1 million, adds seven more private rooms to the center, bringing the total to 10 private spaces. It also relocates the play room to a sunny corner of the building and provides a new versatile space for gatherings of parents or patients.

Volume has doubled since the University of Rochester Medical Center’s outpatient unit first opened in 1996, now seeing between 200 and 300 children every month. So, for shy teens who covet privacy, family members who want to keep their child company, and immune-compromised or contagious children who require protection or isolation in separate quarters, the three private rooms and four semi-private curtained-off quarters in the old center were simply inadequate.

“Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong is the only hospital in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region dedicated exclusively to the care of children and has become a groundbreaking facility in both research and pediatric health care in Upstate New York,” said Senator Alesi. “Some of the children in the Pediatric Treatment Center spend hours a day for weeks receiving chemotherapy. Others will spend a day every month or every week here for years receiving medications and transfusions. I wanted to give to this project so that these brave children have a more comfortable place in which to heal.”

The new private rooms will each be furnished with televisions and top-quality infusion chairs that lie perfectly flat, doubling as beds for kids who need rest (the old chairs, one in each of the curtained-off spaces, recline only as far as a “V” – a nuisance akin to napping in a car, versus a bed).

The expanded treatment center’s new playroom area will house therapeutic play and arts and craft activities, TVs, computers and play mats. In it, a sliding wall will allow for sectioning off part of the space, creating yet another private area for pre-procedure medical play, or for community groups, like CURE Childhood Cancer, which hold special coffee and chat hours to recharge parents while children receive care.

“We are honored to have such dedicated donors in the Rochester and Finger Lakes Region,” said Nina F. Schor, pediatrician-in-chief of Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. “Because of support of donors like Senator Alesi and B&L Wholesale Supply, we are able to provide state of the art care in a state-of-the-art facility to our region’s children and their families.”

The new center will be dedicated tonight in a ceremony for donors and will officially open in September. In addition to state dollars provided by taxpayers and allotted by Senator Alesi, donors include B&L Wholesale Supply, the Estate of Mary and Karl Gietz, The Fairport Music and Food Fest and its organizers Rob Burch and Andy McDermott and Philip C. and Beverly L. Gelsomino II.

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