Rochester entrepreneur, philanthropist, and champion of children's health, B. Thomas Golisano, today surprised an audience of over 200 onlookers by announcing a $20 million gift to Golisano Children's Hospital - $2 million more than University and Medical Center leaders expected. With this gift, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) announced plans to build a new $134 million Golisano Children's Hospital dedicated to the care of sick and injured youngsters.
"A new facility is necessary to keep pace with medical and technological advancements and meet the modern standards of a children's hospital," said Tom Golisano. "I am pleased to provide this gift to help construct a new, next-generation hospital to provide the highest quality care to children throughout the region."
"Tom's gift will transform the way that children are cared for in upstate New York and it advances our ability to modernize Golisano Children's Hospital for the 21st century," said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman. "His generous decision follows a thoughtful review of construction alternatives and reflects Tom's uncompromising desire to ensure that every dollar given goes to help our region's children. In fact, Tom has helped us evolve the plan for a new Golisano Children's Hospital into something more remarkable than we initially envisioned."
This latest pledge brings Golisano's total giving to the Children's Hospital to $34 million, making him the University of Rochester's most generous 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.
For more information, please visit www.urmc.rochester.edu/childrens-hospital/golisano-gift/.