Wrap Up 2011 with a Smile

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There’s still an opportunity to make 2011 a year to be proud of. Before you start closing the book on this year, we invite you to join the ranks of the many charitable groups, individuals, families, friends, colleagues and peers who have chosen to give to Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center this holiday season.

We have high hopes for the future, with plans for a brand new Golisano Children’s Hospital underway and a host of pediatric programs that need an extra nudge to become truly phenomenal. Please consider lending your support to Golisano Children’s Hospital by donating online or by making a check out to:

Golisano Children’s Hospital
300 East River Road
Box 278996
Rochester, New York 14627

If you’d like to become a member of our Caught Doing Something Good gallery, please snap a photo of yourself and email it to sandy_strong@urmc.rochester.edu. We’d love to thank you publicly for your generous donation.

For more reasons to give, check out some of the many ways our region’s only children’s hospital currently serves our community:

Patient at Golisano Children's Hospital

  • Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center offers high quality health care for more than 74,000 children and their families each year. By day, it serves as many as 650 children in its clinics and 160 in its hospital. Its pediatric emergency department (ED) performs more than 23,000 patient evaluations and treatments each year.
  • With 124 beds, Golisano Children’s Hospital is the area’s only children’s hospital, and serves as the referral center for all seriously ill or injured children from the 17-county Finger Lakes region – though patients come from all 62 New York counties, seeking specialty care ranging from congenital heart defects and neurosurgery to lung disease and eating disorders. Watch this video to learn about our Pediatric Transport Program.
  • Golisano Children’s Hospital is committed to treating all children regardless of their family’s ability to pay – and, as one of 170 North American children’s hospitals affiliated with the not-for-profit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, 100 percent of all locally-made donations stay to work locally.
  • The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, which opened in December 2004, is the largest intensive care service for children in western and central New York, serving more than 800 children each year.
  • Golisano Children’s Hospital performs about 21,300 pediatric surgeries and procedures annually. The pediatric-use-only William & Mildred Levine Surgical Suite, which opened in June 2006, has a family-friendly design and allows parents to be near their children almost every moment that they are not in actual surgery. Watch this video from our pediatric surgery child life specialist Geri Sehnert to learn how to prepare your child for surgery.

patient in picu

  • The hospital’s Children’s Heart Center is the only center in western New York that offers a full range of interventional procedures for patients with congenital heart disease – among them, arrhythmias, atrial septal defects and transposition of great arteries. The center sees more than 6,000 patients a year and provides the latest in technologies and techniques, including pediatric echocardiography services and a pediatric catheterization program. The hospital’s leading pediatric cardiac surgeon, George Alfieris, M.D., performs about 250 surgeries a year. Watch this video from the Children’s Heart Center’s social worker Jen Tillou.
  • The 52-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is rated a level-IIID facility – the highest in American Academy of Pediatrics and state designation and the only one of its kind in the Finger Lakes Region. Providing the best quality of care for sick and premature babies, the NICU admits 1,100 newborns each year – or about 8 percent of births – most of which are born at Strong Memorial Hospital, which serves as the Regional Perinatal Center for high risk obstetrical service.
  • The Andrew J. Kirch Developmental Services Center is a multidisciplinary program providing quality, individualized evaluations and services to families, community groups and professionals that care for children with developmental delays and disabilities. The Kirch Center houses the hospital’s autism program, which includes a nationally renowned group of specialists.
  • Golisano Children’s Hospital has a Ronald McDonald House within the Hospital. The House – which is only the fourth of its kind in the world, and the first in the Eastern U.S. – offers respite to parents that need to be close those children in the most critical conditions. Watch this video to see what this wonderful organization is able to provide to families.

Thank you and we wish you all a very safe, happy and healthy New Year!

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