Richard (Rick) T. Aab, a University of Rochester trustee, has made a $3 million commitment to the Golisano Children's Hospital Building Fund, bringing his total support for The Meliora Challenge, the University's $1.2 billion comprehensive campaign, to $7 million.
Aab's commitment to the Children's Hospital Building Fund is an expression of his deep friendship with Tansukh Ganatra and the Ganatra family. Aab, a serial entrepreneur, and Ganatra co-founded US LEC Corp., a telecommunications company based in Charlotte, N.C., as well as several other successful telecommunications companies during the past 30 years. In recognition of Aab's generosity, the University will name the atrium in the new Golisano Children's Hospital the Ganatra Family Atrium.
"Rick Aab is a valued friend of the University and Medical Center who has provided incredibly generous support as well as steadfast leadership toward the fulfillment of our mission," said Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester. "As our clinical leaders envision the programs and facility needs that enable us to deliver groundbreaking research and medical care, Rick is helping us to make these ambitious plans a reality."
The new Golisano Children's Hospital will be dedicated on May 27, 2015 and will open on July 14. Construction funding was led by commitments like Aab's and supported by gifts from more than 8,500 individuals and community groups.
"Ensuring that children have access to the best possible health care is a cause that's very important to me," said Aab, who is vice chair for the University's Campaign Cabinet and co-chair of the URMC campaign. "Construction of an all-new children's hospital has long been a vision for the URMC. I'm proud to have been part of the years of planning, advocacy and community funding campaign that have made this significant achievement possible. It has been very gratifying to work alongside the leadership of the University and the URMC as they have established the leading children's hospital for my hometown of Rochester and the entire region."