Highland Receives Multi-Million Dollar Donation From New York State to Expand Its Emergency Department

February 24, 2005

Rochester, New York, February 24, 2005 - Highland Hospital’s emergency department expansion project took a major step forward after receiving a financial commitment from New York State. New York State Senator Joe Robach and Assemblywoman Susan John have secured $3 million dollars for the expansion of Highland’s ED. The grant represents Highland’s largest gift in its 10 million-dollar capital campaign.

 Highland Hospital’s emergency department has grown by 67% over the past five years. It was last renovated in 1975 and is one of the oldest emergency departments in Monroe County. Last year, Highland had more than 27,000 patient visits to its ED.

The hospital plans to expand its emergency department acute care beds to handle the growing community needs. The current space will be expanded from 7,000 to 12,000 square feet, which will provide better efficiencies that will benefit patient care by creating central workstations for clinical staff and moving them closer to patient care beds. In addition, new technology will help clinical staff monitor the status of test results from the lab. The improvements will help patient flow and reduce wait times.              

“We are very gratefully to Senator Joe Robach and Assemblywoman Susan John for their hard work securing the funding for our emergency department expansion at Highland. We are looking forward to moving this project forward and enhancing services to the community," said Dr. Mac Evarts, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Health.                

Highland Hospital has more than doubled in size over the past five years as an acute care hospital. Its clinical specialties include the region’s largest gastric-bypass program, orthopaedics, geriatrics and women’s health.  

For more than 115 years, Highland Hospital has provided innovative, high quality patient care for the Rochester community. Today, Highland is a 261-licensed acute care bed facility.  

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