Phase II of the new Golisano Children's Hospital construction is underway

June 09, 2016 06:52 PM

Phase II of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital is under construction and on Thursday, News10NBC got a look at how the project is coming along.

Doctors currently perform over 21,000 pediatric surgeries a year but they haven't had a designated space to do those surgeries in until now.  

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Kinley Severson is full of energy now but she had a rough start to her little life. "She was born at 34 weeks, she spent 221 days in the hospital,” her mother Helen says.

Two-year old Kinley is missing her right lung and pulmonary artery, doctors at Golisano also needed to do an emergency esophagus repair a few months after she was born. "I was terrified when we found out she had complications, I feel like we were in the best hands here, I didn't even consider going anywhere else," Helen says.  

That’s why the Children’s Hospital says the expansion is needed. Phase II will add a larger pediatric intensive care unit, a catheterization laboratory, cardiac operating rooms and regular operating rooms. "This is an exponential need for us, right now, we're in cramped quarters, we're kind of scattered around down in the operating room with the adult surgical services,” says Dr. Walter Pegoli, the Chief of Pediatric surgery. He adds, "This space was designed from its inception for the care of children and all of the surgical services will be operating right here in this space."

Phase II got a boost from two local donors this week. Rita Buzzard gave $2 million to Golisano Children’s Hospital in honor of her late husband, Clay, and their six children. Andy McDermott and Rob Burch, creators of the Fairport Music Festival, also pledged $750,000 to construction. The two gifts bring the university to within $7 million of reaching its goal in support of the $190 million Golisano Children’s Hospital project. 

For more information on the expansion or how to donate, you can click here.


Jennifer Lewke

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