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DOD Grant Explores New Drugs to Thwart Impact of Trauma, Stroke, and Cardiac Arrest
A $2.3 million Department of Defense grant will help neuroscientists develop new treatments for the emergency room and battlefield.

Unique SMILEmobile Gives First-of-its-Kind Access to Patients with Special Needs
UR Medicine's Eastman Institute for Oral Health today presented a new, custom-designed SMILEmobile that provides first-of-its-kind access to people with special needs, including older adults, people with developmental disabilities and other medically complex conditions.

$1 Million Gift to Support EIOH and SMD Students
Two health care professionals who are passionate about children's health, especially those with special needs, have committed $1 million to the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Two Large Gifts Support Second Phase of Children's Hospital Construction
UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital has received its two largest gifts in support of Phase II construction on the new hospital building, which will help bring the facility to the forefront of pediatric surgery and pediatric cardiology centers in the Northeast.

Clifton Springs Grateful Patient Funds Cardiac Surgery Professorship at UR
The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry has received a $1.5 million commitment from Clifton Springs resident Marjorie B. Morris to establish an endowed professorship to advance cardiac surgery techniques and programs.

New Golisano Children's Hospital Dedication Celebrates Kids, Community and Future
Miracle Kids, grateful families, University of Rochester leadership, and significant building donors including hospital namesake B. Thomas Golisano celebrate the dedication of UR Medicine’s Golisano Children's Hospital on May 27.

Rick Aab Commits $3M to New Golisano Children’s Hospital
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.

$2 Million Gift Will Create Regional Cancer Center Serving Dansville, Wellsville, Hornell
A $2 million gift from Ann and Carl Myers will be used to help construct a regional cancer center based in Dansville, Livingston County. The center will  address the needs of an area with a high incidence of cancers and provide patients more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care.

Lawrence and Rita Chessin Establish Professorship in Infectious Diseases
Lawrence N. and Rita R. Chessin, whose ties with the University of Rochester date back to 1954, have committed $1.5 million to support an endowed professorship in infectious diseases at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).

Bucci Family Supports Breast Cancer Research at Wilmot Cancer Institute
A $1 million commitment from Joseph G. and Elaine Bucci of Piffard, Livingston County, will support breast cancer research at UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute.

Ganatra Family Supports Future of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
A $1.5 million commitment from the Ganatra family will create the Tansukh, Sarla and Rajesh Ganatra Professorship in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. The commitment is part of the family’s long-time support of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).

University of Rochester Establishing Center for Bioethics
University of Rochester alumnus Paul M. Schyve, M.D., has committed $5 million to the University to support the study and practice of bioethics in health care and research.

$1 Million Gift from Levine Foundation Names New Pediatric Autism Clinic
The William and Mildred Levine Foundation announced a gift of $1 million in support of a University of Rochester-owned building, set to break ground in the spring of 2015 along Brighton’s East River Road.

$2 Million Gift from Fine Family to Support Alzheimer's Care, Research
A $2 million gift from the Robert Fine Trust will create the Julius, Helen, and Robert Fine Professorship at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). This is the third professorship that has been endowed in the Fine family name.

Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., Gives $1.5 Million to University of Rochester
Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine CEO and senior vice president for health services, and his family are giving $1.5 million to the University of Rochester in support of the University’s cardiovascular care, research, and educational efforts.

Wilmot Family and the James P. Wilmot Foundation Give $4 Million for Cancer Research at University of Rochester
Citing a commitment to cancer research that spans three generations of Wilmot family members, new combined gifts totaling $4 million from the Wilmot family and the James P. Wilmot Foundation will support cancer research as part of a $30 million research-focused campaign at UR Medicine.

UR Medicine Launches Wilmot Cancer Institute, $30M Campaign for Cancer Research
UR Medicine today announced the creation of the Wilmot Cancer Institute, a new organizational structure for all of its clinical and research programs in cancer, including its growing network of satellite locations throughout the region. In addition, it announced a $30 million campaign to support cancer research.

URMC Physician-Couple Gives $750K Gift to Orthopaedics
Eva K. Pressman, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Henry A. Thiede Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Seth M. Zeidman, M.D., a neurosurgeon who is a member of Highland Hospital’s medical staff, pledged a gift of $750,000 for orthopaedics research at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation Gives $17 Million to University of Rochester
The charitable foundation gave $17 million to the University of Rochester. The University will receive $7 million toward construction of the new Golisano Children's Hospital and $10 million for the Institute for Data Science. The gifts from the Rochester-based supermarket chain bring the amount to $20 million of recent contributions by the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation.

Corneal Surgeon Commits More Than $4M to University of Rochester in Memory of Late Wife
Longtime Flaum Eye Institute ophthalmologist James Aquavella, M.D., recently committed more than $4 million to the University of Rochester in memory of his late wife, Kay, who was a nurse, educator, and administrator who helped build the foundation for the eye institute.

$2M Gift to Support Geriatric Fracture Care, Orthopaedic Research
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss has given $2 million to support clinical and research work related to geriatric fracture care being led by Stephen I. Kates, M.D., in the Department of Orthopaedics and the Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMSR). Wyss’ gift establishes the Hansjörg Wyss Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery, which will support Kates’ activities related to developing and disseminating a program for the treatment of fractures in geriatric patients.

Six URMC Programs Cited as Among Best in Nation
When US News & World Report’s 2014 Best Hospitals guidebook hits newsstands today, a record number of six University of Rochester Medical Center specialties will be ranked among the very best in the nation. That’s the highest number of URMC programs ever to earn a seat in the magazine’s list of the nation’s top 50 in a single year, since US News began ranking hospitals in 1989.

Wilmot Cancer Center Launches New Program to Support Cancer Survivors
The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center is helping patients navigate the complexities of cancer survivorship care with the introduction of the Judy DiMarzo Survivorship Program—the first in the region to offer this comprehensive approach to survivorship.

Wilmot Cancer Center Raises More Than $750,000 at Annual Discovery Ball
More than 950 patients, faculty and staff, board members and donors, and the local community attended the 13th annual Discovery Ball at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in support of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. This year’s Ball, chaired by Jeffrey and Patrice Pierce, raised $773,000, including $207,000 pledged in cash donations, to support seed-grants for new and innovative cancer research initiatives at the Cancer Center.

UR Named Center for AIDS Research by the National Institutes of Health
The University of Rochester was named a Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) by the National Institutes of Health, a designation that infuses $7.5 million into HIV/AIDS work across the University and places it amongst the best in the nation for research to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of the disease.

New Memorial Wall Honors Nation's Veterans
A wall to honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces was dedicated today in a ceremony in the University of Rochester Medical Center Saunders Research Building. The wall was inspired by philanthropist Philip Saunders who, when he agreed to lend his name to the building, requested that it recognize the contribution and sacrifice of those who have served in the country's armed forces.

URMC Breaks Ground on New Golisano Children's Hospital
After years of planning, including substantial input from children and families, the University of Rochester made history today as it broke ground on its largest capital project ever - the new Golisano Children's Hospital.

Golisano Children's Hospital NICU Receives Naming Gift from Gosnells
Mrs. Georgia Gosnell has committed $5 million to name the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the new Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).

Wilmot Cancer Center to Celebrate Completion of Expansion Project
An exciting expansion project that further elevates the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center's status as a leading provider of cancer care and research in the region and raises the bar even higher on the quality of patient care comes to its conclusion tomorrow as donors, faculty members and staff celebrate the completion of the four story vertical expansion.

University Life Trustee, Neurosciences Benefactor Ernest J. Del Monte Dies
Ernest J. Del Monte, 87, real estate and hotel developer, philanthropist and University of Rochester Life Trustee, died Saturday, April 21, 2012. His generosity to the University of Rochester leaves a legacy of innovation and collaboration to help eradicate brain diseases.

Couple Devoted to Children's Hospital Establish Professorship
Roger and Carolyn Friedlander's names may be found at locations throughout the University of Rochester, but for the first time their generosity will accompany a professorship: the Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney Professorship in Pediatrics Funded by Roger and Carolyn Friedlander.

Children's Hospital Supporter J. Michael Smith Gives $1.3 Million
J. Michael Smith and his wife Alice have always had a passion for giving back. Smith serves as co-chair of the fundraising campaign for Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Alice has been a lifetime educator and volunteer. The Smiths have pledged to give more than $1 million to Golisano Children’s Hospital - one of the first large individual gifts to go toward the children’s hospital $100 million campaign.

Children's Hospital Board Chair Commits $1M toward Campaign
Mark Siewert, chair of the Golisano Children’s Hospital Board of Directors and co-chair of the hospital’s campaign, has committed to a $1 million gift toward the hospital’s campaign. Siewert and his wife, Marcia, are among the first individual donors to provide large gifts to the $100 million campaign, which will support both a new children’s hospital and major enhancements to pediatric programs.

Whitneys Give $1 Million to School of Nursing in Support of Meliora Challenge
Wyoming residents and University of Rochester alumni Fay Wadsworth Whitney ’60, ’61N, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Ralph “Roy” Whitney, Jr., ’57, ’73S (MBA), recently announced a gift of $1 million to establish the Ralph R. and Fay Wadsworth Whitney Endowed Gift Fund. The fund will provide scholarships, fellowships and grants to students in nurse practitioner programs or more advanced degree programs who have the desire to collaborate in research or clinical settings.

Tom Golisano Pledges $20 Million to Jumpstart Hospital Dedicated to Children
Rochester entrepreneur, philanthropist, and champion of children’s health, B. Thomas Golisano, today pledged $20 million to the Rochester children’s hospital that bears his name. With this gift, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) announced plans to build a new $134 million Golisano Children’s Hospital dedicated to the care of sick and injured youngsters.

Local Couple Make $1.5 Million Gift to Support Wilmot Cancer Center Research
As they listened one winter night in 2008 to friends such as Judy Linehan describe the devastation cancer had brought to her family, and Michael Donnelly share his incredible story of surviving pancreatic cancer thanks to the physicians and researchers at the Wilmot Cancer Center, the seeds of giving were sown for Phil and Marilyn Wehrheim. Today, the Wehrheims, longtime supporters of Rochester area charities and foundations, are strengthening the research efforts of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center with a $1.5 million commitment to fund the Philip and Marilyn Wehrheim Professorship.

$10 Million Gift from E. Philip Saunders Advances URMC’s Neuromuscular Program, Other Initiatives
Local businessman E. Philip Saunders gave a $10 million gift to support research programs in muscular dystrophy, cancer, and translational medicine. In honor of his decades of support for research at URMC, the Medical Center's Clinical and Translational Science Building was named the Saunders Research Building.

Alumni Couple Donates $1 Million to Medical Center
Karen Webb Sutherland, a 1961 graduate of the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and her husband, Robert M. Sutherland, Ph.D., a 1966 graduate of the University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, have given $1 million in support of an endowed scholarship and an endowment for research and technology commercialization.

Grateful Cancer Survivor Makes Gift to Wilmot Cancer Center
Richard T. Bell is celebrating his triumph over cancer with a gift of $1.5 million that will be used to establish the Richard T. Bell Endowed Professorship in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the James. P. Wilmot Cancer Center.

Burn and Trauma Center Renamed to Honor Devoted Benefactors
Laurence Kessler and Dennis Kessler, founders and co-owners of the Kessler Group, Inc. & Kessler Family, LLC, have given more than $3 million to URMC’s burn and trauma services to-date. In recognition of their past and future generosity, URMC will rename the entire program as the Kessler Burn & Trauma Center.

$3M Gift to Boost Strategic Initiatives
Robert C. Morgan, Ralph DiTucci, and the family of the late Peter D. Formicola presented a gift of $3 million to URMC CEO Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., to advance strategic initiatives at the Medical Center, according to Morgan. [July 9, 2010]

Eye Institute Renamed to Honor Longtime Supporters
Rochester businessman and philanthropist David M. Flaum and his family have been champions of the University of Rochester Eye Institute for years. In recognition of their ongoing leadership, advocacy and support, the center will be renamed the David and Ilene Flaum Eye Institute.

Former Piano Teacher Donates $6M to UR Eye Institute
The Adeline P. Lutz Pavilion at URMC will be dedicated later this year to celebrate the $6 million gift to be used for initiatives that will move the UR Eye Institute forward in patient care and research.

$10 Million Gift to Transform Neuromedicine at URMC
A multi-million dollar gift from one of Rochester’s hometown entrepreneurs promises to launch the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) neuromedicine program into a nationally recognized, comprehensive center for investigating and treating neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, stroke, and trauma to the brain and spinal cord.

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