Rochester businessman B. Thomas Golisano will donate $20 million to Golisano Children’s Hospital.
He announced the gift Thursday, surprising more than 200 people at a ceremony at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
The gift, $2 million more than expected, will go toward the building of a new $134 million Golisano Children’s Hospital.
“A new facility is necessary to keep pace with medical and technological advancements and meet the modern standards of a children’s hospital,” Golisano said.
This latest pledge brings Golisano’s total giving to the children’s hospital to $34 million, making him the University of Rochester’s biggest living donor. In addition, the Golisano Foundation has given $1.6 million to the University of Rochester’s Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities to establish the Institute for Innovative Transition.
Golisano’s original $14 million gift to name the children’s hospital in 2002 helped URMC recruit outstanding faculty and expand programs in cardiac care, general surgery, neuromedicine and more.
Pending state approval, URMC will construct a six-story, 200,000 square-foot hospital on Crittenden Boulevard adjacent to the current Strong Memorial Hospital lobby and facing the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. The new building will be financed through a combination of philanthropy, operating equity and external debt.
The new hospital will include a 60-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric imaging and 56 private pediatric rooms.
URMC will submit the new plans to the state Department of Health for review and hopes construction can begin as early as August 2012 with an estimated completion of February 2015.