The 22-bed unit will consist of 15 beds devoted to trauma care and seven beds designated for adults suffering from burns. In the event of a disaster, eight rooms in the new unit will accommodate two patients each. The new unit will include a family waiting room, centralized nursing stations, step-down patient rooms, and the newest equipment and technology.
Enhancing pediatric intensive care
During the last decade, in an effort to ensure that no child need leave Rochester for health care, Golisano Children’s Hospital dramatically upgraded its specialty services. By doing so, it increased the need for intensive care beds, which children need after undergoing many types of surgery. Given projections of patient care needs, the current PICU will soon be undersized. While still functional, the 12-bed unit - opened in 1989 - is often operating near capacity.
As the only one between Buffalo and Syracuse, the PICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital is a unique resource to the region, one that isn’t duplicated or found elsewhere in Rochester. In fact, every child in our region who requires intensive care is admitted to the PICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital. This eliminates the high cost of duplication of services, but, most importantly, it allows for centralization of resources and expertise.
Significant gifts from B. Thomas Golisano, Daniel and Nancy Robbins, and Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club have allowed the hospital to start construction on the new PICU and PCICU two years ahead of schedule. There’s never been a more exciting - or more important - time to support Golisano Children’s Hospital, says Elizabeth McAnarney, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief. “We are making significant enhancements to Rochester’s only children’s hospital,” McAnarney says. “With continued support from the community, we will be able to better help children when they need help most.”
A House Within the Hospital
An expanded partnership between Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester and Golisano Children’s Hospital leaves the community poised to become the third in the world to offer a hospital-based Ronald McDonald House for parents whose children are critically ill.
The 4,000-square-foot Ronald McDonald House likely will offer bedrooms, a family lounge, kitchen and dining area, and laundry facilities. “The local Ronald McDonald House has been a home-away-from-home to more than 4,400 families during the past 13 years,” says Sharon Levine, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester. “By building a second House within the hospital, we’ll be able to expand our reach, offering enhanced services for families who live throughout the region.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester reaches out to families in the community by supporting other children’s charities, as well as a variety of programs in the region that promote children’s education, health, and social well being. Through their work, leaders from the Ronald McDonald House serve families who are in the midst of medical crisis, as is often the case when a child is placed in an intensive care unit.