The University of Rochester Medical Center on Thursday released plans for a long-delayed Golisano Children’s Hospital addition to the medical center’s Strong Memorial Hospital complex.
Construction on the eight-story, $180 million tower was to have been a first step in a $250 million expansion of Strong, but was sidetracked in 2008 as the U.S. economy cratered.
The expansion was planned to add beds to relieve ongoing space problems at Strong, which routinely sees occupancy rates of more than 100 percent. In a revision of its initial plans, URMC instead began the expansion project by adding to the James P. Wilmot Cancer center.
As part of a $650 million fundraising drive, URMC launched a $100 million capital campaign to support the children’s hospital project last fall. A groundbreaking for the 245,000-square-foot Golisano Children’s Hospital tower is planned for late summer or fall, URMC officials said Thursday.
The Golisano Hospital addition is planned to feature private rooms, and a hospitality suite where parents of patients staying overnight can shower, do laundry and prepare meals. Planned to open in 2016 are new pediatric operating rooms, pediatric intensive care unit and a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit. A later phase calls for a move of the Ronald McDonald House to the Golisano Hospital.
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