Highland Hospital Kicks Off $10 Million Capital Campaign

October 14, 2005

Highland Hospital

Highland Hospital announced today a five-year $10 million capital campaign to better serve the Rochester community by expanding and renovating its Emergency Department. The Capital Campaign will also enable Highland to upgrade patient floors and invest in new innovative equipment throughout the hospital. So far, $5.4 million has been raised toward the capital campaign.

Highland’s Emergency Department, last updated in 1975, is the fastest growing emergency department in the region. It has experienced a significant growth in patient visits of more than 67 percent over the past six years. Last year, more than 27,000 patients visited Highland’s emergency department. Construction is expected to begin in 2006 and be completed by 2008.

Virginia Cornyn, co-chair of the Highland Hospital Capital Campaign, says the Capital Campaign is vital for Highland Hospital to continue serving patients in the Rochester community.

Highland has demonstrated a strong financial performance for six consecutive years. We are very pleased with Highland’s overall performance. However, it is not enough to fund the additional improvements we need to make to continue to accommodate the growing patient volume. The Capital Campaign will provide us with the funds to make the necessary equipment and facility upgrades that are needed at Highland,” Cornyn said.

Highland’s Capital Campaign is off to a great start thanks to a $3 million dollar grant from New York State. The money was secured earlier this year for the Highland Emergency Department expansion project by New York State Senator Joe Robach and Assemblywoman Susan John.

All of the new design features of the Emergency Department are focused on providing efficient, high quality care to patients. Highlights of the new Emergency Department include:

·        Expanding the ED from 7,000 square feet to 16,751 square feet.

·        Renovating 14,842 square feet of the hospital.

·        New construction of 1,909 square feet.

·        Expanding from 18 beds to 25 beds.

The new design of the Emergency Department includes a central nursing station, new, state-of-the-art information system, a trauma room, gynecological room, decontamination room, a treat-and-release area and a private family room.

John Hilmi, M.D., medical director of the Emergency Department, says all of these improvements will help patient flow and reduce wait times.

“Central workstations for staff will move them closer to their patients and new, innovative technology will allow us to monitor the status of test results from the lab. These new enhancements will greatly improve the delivery of emergency medicine and help save lives,” Dr. Hilmi said.

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 known for its comprehensive women’s services, nationally ranked geriatrics program, the Evarts Joint Center, regional leading gastric bypass program and extensive network of primary care physicians.

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