Golisano Gift Jumpstarts Hospital Dedicated to Children

Golisano Children's Hospital renderingRochester entrepreneur, philanthropist, and champion of children’s health, B. Thomas Golisano on July 14 announced a $20 million gift to Golisano Children’s Hospital – surprising URMC leaders with a pledge of $2 million more than anticipated. With this gift, URMC announced plans to build a new $134 million Golisano Children’s Hospital dedicated to the care of sick and injured youngsters. 

“A new facility is necessary to keep pace with medical and technological advancements and meet the modern standards of a children’s hospital,” Golisano said. “I am pleased to provide this gift to help construct a new, next-generation hospital to provide the highest quality care to children throughout the region.”

“Tom’s gift will transform the way that children are cared for in upstate New York and it advances our ability to modernize Golisano Children’s Hospital for the 21st century,” said University President Joel Seligman. “His generous decision follows a thoughtful review of construction alternatives and reflects Tom’s uncompromising desire to ensure that every dollar given goes to help our region’s children.”

The pledge brings Golisano’s total giving to the Children’s Hospital to $34 million, making him the University of Rochester’s most generous living donor. In addition, the Golisano Foundation has given $1.6 million to the University of Rochester’s Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities to establish the Institute for Innovative Transition.

Facility to Match Expertise

“When I came to Rochester in 2006, we had top-notch faculty and staff with expertise unparalleled in communities our size,” said Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D., Golisano Children’s Hospital Pediatrician-in-Chief.

“What we were missing was the facility to match, and now, thanks to Tom, we’re going to have a hospital built expressly around the needs of our patients and families.”
Facts about the new Golisano Children’s Hospital:

  • $134 million, six-story, 200,000 square-foot hospital connected to Strong Memorial Hospital’s third floor, linking to Strong Beginnings birth center and the NICU
  • Dedicated entrance and lobby providing easy access from Crittenden Boulevard
  • 56 private pediatric rooms, each being one-third larger than current private rooms, ensuring greater comfort for patients, families, and caregivers, enhanced infection control, and ample space for families to fully participate in care
  • 60-bed NICU with increased privacy and space for families and life-saving equipment
  • New location for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Ronald McDonald House-within-the-Hospital

Pending state approval, construction could begin in 2012 with an estimated completion of February 2015.

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