The Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong is located within the Strong Memorial Hospital, a general hospital of eight stories with 800 inpatient beds. Pediatric inpatient services are located on the third and fourth floors. All ambulatory care for children is provided on the first and sixth floor of the Ambulatory Center. There is a 22 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)/Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)/Intermediate Care unit (IMCU), normal newborn nursery and a 52-bed intensive care nursery.
SMH and the Children's Hospital serve as a primary care and emergency medical facility for the community, particularly for those persons living on the south side of Rochester. SMH is a center for a population of 1.3 million who live in a radius of 150 miles. There are approximately 8500 admissions to the pediatric services and 2800 to the newborn services each year. The nursery houses normal newborns, while the regional intensive care nursery admits critically ill infants transported from the surrounding 11-county region as well as those delivered at SMH. The Pediatric Emergency Service treats approximately 19,000 pediatric cases annually. And in May 1996, the Ambulatory Center opened. Over 35,000 visits occur there annually, including general pediatric and subspecialty services.
In June 2006, a new pediatric surgical suite tailored to pediatric patients and their families become a reality. This suite dramatically enhances pre- and post-operative services for the children who undergo about 6,600 procedures each year at Golisano Childrenâ€™s Hospital. Previously, children had to check in at the same reception desk as adults undergoing surgery, stay in the same waiting areas and share the same pre-operative and post-operative recovery rooms. The needs of children are very different from those of adults, especially when it comes to being able to have their families at their bedside right up until surgery and as soon afterward as possible.