UR Eye Institute to unveil completed $3.5M clinical project

October 26, 2004

The faculty and staff of the University of Rochester Eye Institute will celebrate the opening of new clinical space in November with free patient education seminars, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a special preview dinner event.

The project, which began in January, nearly triples the amount of clinical space available to Eye Institute faculty and provides room for the addition of leading-edge ophthalmic technology. The third-floor addition is constructed above the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, adjacent to the current Eye Institute clinical area, and includes public space, offices, conference rooms, additional exam lanes and a new pediatric area.

The $3.5 million clinical project corresponds with plans for new research space, being funded in part by a prestigious $2.6 million grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Construction of that project is scheduled to begin this fall.

To mark the unveiling of the newly completed clinical space, friends of the University of Rochester Eye Institute will be invited to a preview dinner on Sunday, Nov. 7, to get the first public look at the facility.

The clinic will welcome its first patients on Monday, Nov. 15, and community members also are invited to attend free educational seminars:

  • Adult macular degeneration – 11 a.m. to noon with David DiLoreto, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Dry eye syndrome – 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with James Aquavella, M.D.
  • Pediatric ophthalmology – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Matthew Gearinger, M.D.

Light refreshments will be provided, and free parking is available in the Strong Memorial Hospital garage. For more information or to register, call (585) 275-2838, or go to www.stronghealth.com. Registration is required.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony and breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19.

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Karin Christensen
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