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Bank of America Makes Investment in Pediatric Mental Health

Grant will support construction of 36,000 square foot facility that will double the available space for outpatient and partial hospitalization services to treat behavioral and emotional conditions

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Golisano Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness Building

November 13, 2019

ROCHESTER, New York – Bank of America announced today that it is awarding a $250,000 grant to University of Rochester Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital (GCH) to support the construction of a new Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Building in Rochester, New York. This two-story, 36,000 square foot facility will immediately double the available space for outpatient and partial hospitalization services for the GCH Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, and will help GCH meet the increasing demand for child behavioral health services in the Finger Lakes region. The new center, which broke ground in spring of 2019 and will be completed by 2020, will help patients with depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other behavioral and emotional conditions.

The Behavioral Health and Wellness building will bring outpatient and partial hospitalization services under one roof, and is constructed to add more intensive outpatient services that will allow children to receive a higher level of care than traditional services, while still attending regular school and living at home. The facility will also include the only partial hospitalization program of its kind in the state west of the Hudson River.

Most importantly, the facility will also serve a vital need: the current partial hospitalization waiting list for the Finger Lakes region is up to 80 youth during the school year.

 “We applaud GCH for their proactive strategy and efforts to deliver child behavioral health services which is a critical need in treating young patients with emotional and behavior issues,” said Colleen Matteson, Bank of America Rochester market president. “Bank of America is proud to be part of this project that will ultimately enhance the level of medical treatment available in the Rochester community.”

In addition to increasing capacity, the new facility is constructed to provide a comfortable, caring environment for kids, a library, as well as art and music therapy programs that will allow patients to relax and unwind. In addition, a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, nurses, child psychiatrist, social workers, and mental health counselors will be on-site to serve the individual needs of each child.

“Bank of America’s partnership will help us implement a comprehensive strategy that focuses on early recognition and treatment, as well as community partnerships, to help reduce the number of children at risk, and give families new reason to hope,” says Michael Scharf, MD, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Golisano Children’s Hospital

Golisano Children’s Hospital employs more than 200 pediatric specialists and provides a spectrum of care that spans more than 40 specialty areas, serving the more than 85,000 children and their families each year. It serves as the referral center for all seriously ill or injured children from the 17-county Finger Lakes region and beyond. Our missions are to provide comprehensive care for children and their families, educate future pediatricians and pediatric specialists, and perform progressive research that will lead to the medical breakthroughs of tomorrow.

Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 66 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 4,300 retail financial centers, including approximately 2,200 lending centers, 2,400 financial centers with a Consumer Investment Financial Solutions Advisor and 1,700 business centers; approximately 16,600 ATMs; and award-winning digital banking with more than 37 million active users, including approximately 28 million mobile users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and approximately 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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