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September 01, 2015

New Golisano Children’s Hospital opens

dignitaries, families and confetti

Patients were transported from the former Golisano Children’s Hospital building to the new eight-story, 245,000-square-foot facility in July—a historic event, years in the making.

The largest capital project in the University’s history, the new $145 million hospital features all-private rooms and specialized technology, including the first integrated PET/MRI in a children’s hospital in the nation, dedicated to healing sick and injured children.

Phase I of the project wrapped up in July with completion of the eight-floor structure, which includes the Walmart and Sam’s Club Pediatric Lobby, Gosnell Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), two inpatient floors, a dedicated pediatric imaging suite, Ronald McDonald Family Room, family lounges, and the two-story Simonetti play deck, to name just a few of its features.

interior of hospitalThe Ganatra Family Atrium is outfitted with a two-story discovery wall that holds a fish tank under a large colorful mobile.

Next up is Phase II, which includes construction of new pediatric operating rooms, surgical support space, and an expanded pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

Construction is scheduled to start later this year and be completed in 2017.

Recognized as “the hospital the community built,” nearly 8,500 individuals and community groups have given more than $53 million in philanthropic gifts to the new hospital.

Leading gifts include:

  • A $20 million pledge by B. Thomas Golisano which launched the project’s fundraising campaign
  • A $7 million commitment from the Wegman Family Foundation
  • $5 million from Georgia Gosnell to name the NICU
  • $3 million from Rick Aab in honor of the Ganatra family, for whom the atrium is named
  • More than 120 spaces in the new hospital are named in honor of commitments by donors.

The hospital environment was designed to minimize stress, fear, and anxiety for patients and families. The interior of the hospital showcases landscapes of upstate New York, with each floor featuring a different theme, including lakes, meadows, parks, and cities.

The ground floor is dedicated to pediatric imaging, with a new PETMRI suite and family waiting area. Golisano Children’s Hospital is the first hospital in upstate New York and the first children’s hospital in the nation to have the innovative technology. Combining the two technologies in one device means a child will undergo one imaging procedure instead of two, with less radiation exposure.

The first floor is home to the Walmart and Sam’s Club Pediatric Lobby, the Sibling Club House, the Ronald McDonald House Family Room, a family library and resource center, the Mark and Marcia Siewert Pediatric Conference Room, the entrances to Grace’s Garden and Lauren’s Garden, as well as a connecting corridor to Strong Memorial Hospital.

The new hospital has 52 private rooms, each about one-third larger than current rooms. The greatly expanded Gosnell Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) adds 44 private rooms. The Gosnell NICU, located on the building’s third floor, provides intensive care in rooms three times that of the current space. Private rooms will not only allow for more space but also support infection control and enable parents to more actively participate in their child’s care. After renovations, the current NICU will expand in size, housing 24 modernized rooms that will reflect the same accommodations as the new space.

The seventh and eighth floors are dedicated to medical and surgical care, each with three zones, including the caregiver zone, patient zone, and family zone that contain elements for the designated individuals.

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