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Dear Friends,

NinaThe summer has come and gone. And, in the meantime, we have moved into our new Golisano Children’s Hospital. We, and the communities around us, are the beneficiaries of the incredible work of skilled craftspeople, engineers, architects, medical and surgical physicians, nurses, social workers, child life experts, dieticians, psychologists, security experts, parents, former patients, artists, and members of our Greater Rochester community from every neighborhood we touch! But now, our work has begun. We are charged with translating bricks and mortar and equipment and furniture into better health, advanced care, and a pipeline of health care workforce members for the future. This issue of our newsletter celebrates our new beginning by highlighting some of the keys to fulfilling the terms of that charge.

Our PET-MRI is the first of its kind in a children’s hospital in the U.S. Our Division of Pediatric Imaging Sciences is already working to bring that amazing technology, provided to us through the generosity of our friends at B&L Wholesale Supply, to bear on diagnosing and treating children with cancer, intractable epilepsy, and a host of other complex disorders. Our pediatric surgeons, surgical subspecialists, and anesthesiologists are well into the design and planning of the operating rooms, a recovery room, and family waiting area that will fill out the fourth floor of our new building. Our medical and nursing teams are already bringing cutting-edge care to scores of patients each day in our new facility, while this year’s outstanding new interns learn from them to provide Medicine of the Highest Order to our region’s youngest citizens. Meanwhile, in the outpatient clinics, teams of caregivers from many departments collaborate in initiatives like our Transgender Clinic, Craniofacial Clinic, Regional Heart Center, and Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities. 

How can we do all of this? We do battle with illness armed with people like Mark Siewert, Mike Goonan, and the members of dozens of teams that walk and run at our Stroll! Sadly, one of our army of enthusiastic and compassionate supporters, Ms. Ida Wheeler, died earlier this summer. I hope as you read this issue, you’ll be inspired by her example and the example of so many other generous members of our community -- and you will commit to joining us in whatever way you can as we make the health of our children and families “Ever Better!”