Upstate News

September 11, 2009
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Ceremony dedicates Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital to community

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A new era in pediatric medicine begins this fall with the opening of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, which was dedicated this week.

The two-story, 71-bed children’s hospital crowns the top of University Hospital’s new $150 million East Tower addition. University Hospital is part of SUNY Upstate Medical University.

The children’s hospital is named for Rochester-area businessman B. Thomas Golisano, who donated $6 million to build the facility.

Public open houses for the new facility will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. The hospital is located at 750 East Adams St., Syracuse, N.Y.

The facility is chock-full of enhanced patient and family amenities, most notably spacious private patient rooms with furniture designed to give parents and family members a comfortable night’s sleep without leaving their child’s side. The private rooms are more than 250 square feet larger than the hospital’s existing pediatric rooms, which are double rooms. The entire two-story children’s hospital increases the amount of space dedicated to pediatric care fivefold, from 18,000 square feet to more than 87,000.

Floors also contain numerous age-appropriate playrooms, family lounges, where parents and others can prepare meals and relax. The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital also will have its very own mini medical library. The Family Resource Center will be an information center for families on all sorts of health-related issues.

The intriguing colored-glass exterior design for the facility is from the creative minds at Karlsberger, the Columbus, Ohio-based architectural firm that has been working on the project since the site was dedicated back in 2006. Karlsberger, which has designed numerous children’s hospitals throughout the country, was assisted in this project by Syracuse-based King and King, Architects.

Perhaps the most eye-catching element of the facility is the large two-story “treehouse” space located on the east side of the building more than 100 feet in the air. It is here that families and patients can still be in the hospital, but leave the patient care areas. A café, solarium, performance center, chapel and an exhibit space are some of the key elements of this area.

The treehouse also serves as the entrance to the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Visitors and families coming to the hospital can enter the facility through the “clubhouse” located off Irving Avenue and take the elevators directly to the treehouse.

The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital has been made possible by an unprecedented outpouring of philanthropic support from organizations, business and schools near and far which raised more than $21 million to build the facility. The top gift in the community fundraising campaign was a $6 million contribution from B. Thomas Golisano of Pittsford, N.Y.

Patients are expected to move into the new facility Sept. 23.

More than 2,900 children from 43 counties throughout New York were patients at University Hospital last year. The counties with the greatest pediatric admissions in 2008 are (in alphabetical order): Broome, 132; Cayuga, 178; Chenango, 42; Cortland, 56; Herkimer, 64; Jefferson, 136; Lewis, 30; Madison, 151; Oneida, 292; Onondaga, 1,283; Oswego, 272, Otsego, 18; St. Lawrence, 101; Steuben, 13; Tioga, 22; and Tompkins, 48

Key facts:

? Estimated cost of the Golisano Children’s Hospital: $50 million; total cost of the new East Tower addition, including the children’s hospital $150 million.

? Total rooms: 71, all private, many with in room accommodations for parents to stay the night in their child’s room.

? Total square footage dedicated to pediatric care: 87,000, five times more than the current pediatric layout of University Hospital.

? Fundraising campaign: $21.6 million from more than 8,000 donors

? Key gifts: $6 million from B. Thomas Golisano; $1 million from Bristol-Myers Squibb; $1.8 million from Upstate Medical University employees.

Key dates:

? Golisano Children’s Hospital site was dedicated Oct. 24, 2006

? Golisano announced his $6 million gift Nov. 1, 2005

? Design plans for East Tower, Children’s Hospital announced Aug. 23, 2004

? Karlsberger selected as architect for the project April 9, 2004

? Fundraising campaign was launched December 2003

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