There is only one. It became one of the first homeopathic hospitals in the U.S. in 1889. It is now well known for comprehensive care. Its name is
Highlander Highland Hospital. It’s a quasquicentenarian. On the way to more than 125 years of service, Highland became the first U.S. hospital to treat diabetes with insulin, first New York hospital to establish a family medicine training program, and first Rochester hospital to allow fathers in the delivery room—today Highland is Rochester’s busiest hospital for births.
We swear it will be done. Highland is a community hospital, founded on the principle that “no one, however destitute or forlorn, if sick, shall be refused admission and careful treatment.” It is so deeply rooted in compassionate care that it made its motto “compassion heals.” If Highland were a person it would be Patch Adams. And to ensure that motto is put into practice, the hospital backs it up with the Highland Promise. Highland promises to commit its overall service and operation to excellence. Anything less is inconceivable.
The Highland Life. A unique branch of UR Medicine, Highland offers the distinctive blend of a warm, caring environment and first-rate health care, highlighted by region-leading bariatric, geriatric, and women’s health services. It’s a combination that has earned it several accreditations and awards for outstanding quality. Highland’s affiliation with the Medical Center ensures its patients receive Medicine of the Highest Order and make it, what some may say, the Shangri-La of community hospitals. Cheers to being happy and healthy!
Higher and Higher. To continually fulfill the Highland Promise, the Hospital relies on the help of the Highland Foundation. The Foundation is responsible for generating new funds for priority areas within the hospital. In addition to fundraising, the Foundation, which has $9.2 million in assets, allocates around $500,000 annually to support strategic areas (e.g., Linda’s Garden). A source within the Foundation disclosed a desire to recreate the statue of liberty scene from “Ghostbusters II” with a giant Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann to “get the big bucks.”
Party like it’s 1889. Hearing someone in a raspberry beret scream “Let’s go crazy!” and then drive off in a little red Corvette means it’s time for the annual Highland Gala. Or, it might be time for the annual Golf Classic, unless it’s been canceled due to purple rain. And that is when doves cry. What makes doves happy is the presentation of the Highland Foundation’s Nothing Compares 2 U Award a.k.a. the Heritage Award, given to an individual or organization that has played a significant role in the life of Highland and the community.
Daniel Boone, RN. That’s not factual. But the beloved American frontiersman was a true pioneer, much like the School of Nursing (SON). The SON has been a trailblazer in the nursing field as a leader of the nurse practitioner movement and a developer of the unification model. Building on this reputation, the SON’s vision for the future will continue defining the frontiers of nursing education, research, and practice by developing innovative approaches to teaching, synergistic partnerships, and nationally recognized research centers of excellence.
The Six Million Dollar Nurse(s). We can prepare them. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic nurse force. Again, not factual—and sort of terrifying. But with the Loretta C. Ford Education Wing, a 17-bed skills laboratory and sim lab, and several resources that promote success such as the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Center for Academic and Professional Success, the SON does have the capability to prepare students for a wide range of careers as clinicians, scientists, and health care leaders.
Totally normal science. SON scientists aren’t trying to create a superior human being from nothing, or anything like that. They are aiming to increase disease prevention, enhance quality of life, and gain the knowledge to improve health care and lifespans throughout the global community. To achieve these goals, the SON is focused on establishing four areas of research excellence: symptom identification, monitoring, and management; health promotion/healthy behaviors; health care delivery systems; and management of chronic illness and palliative care.
Keepin’ it real. Thanks to a collaborative model that includes Strong Memorial Hospital and its affiliates, students get real world opportunities to practice practicing—as well as invaluable mentorship. This includes providing services through the Center for Employee Wellness and to a high-risk population of students at East and Douglas High Schools. Other community outreach can be seen at Villa of Hope, Bethany House, and in many other places and programs, such as “See What You Can Bee.”
Advancement Oddity. [Sing] This is S-O-N to Major Gift. You’d really help us out. And Dean Rideout wants to know what you’ll support… Hopefully scholarships, for one. Pilot funding and professorships are needed for research. More than these, for the SON to maintain strong financial stability, the SON needs to increase its endowment. The most generous gifts provide the opportunity to name the SON, the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, or the skills lab or simulation center. Can you hear us Major Gift?
Hearts. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. In addition to providing excellent clinical care, the URMC has an international reputation for landmark studies in cardiac devices. The Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute has more than 100 scientists, students working tirelessly to create new devices, develop new therapies, and make discoveries that move us closer to finding cures.
Minds. Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Alzheimer’s has become an epidemic we cannot delay, prevent, or cure. URMC researchers are on the cusp of finding a cure for muscular dystrophy. Collaborative approaches in stem cell research and therapy hold potential for treating multiple sclerosis and repairing damage from spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.
Kids. A new, state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital will take patient- and family-centered care to a new level, providing a unique resource to children and families in our region. Through seven priority programs (autism, cancer, cardiovascular disease, neonatology, eating disorders, surgery and the supportive care team) we are working to prevent childhood disease and help keep those who are living with, or were treated for, diseases healthy throughout their lifetimes.
Cancer. “The cure starts here” is more than marketing for the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, it’s a track record. URMC researchers helped develop the world’s first cancer vaccine. Research continues to focus intensely on ways to kill or “turn off” cancer cells without damaging normal cells. In addition, protocols, programs, and services are being developed to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors (more than 12 million in the U.S.).
Mobility & Prevention. Preventing disease—more than treating or even curing—is the future of health care we all want. The URMC has an international reputation for vaccine development. Currently, we are working on ways to prevent MRSA, AIDS, and new strains of “super flu.” We also seek to improve overall health and mobility and promote healthy aging through an array of clinical and research programs, many of which are housed in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research and the Center for Community Health.