On Thursday, the University unveiled more detailed plans, which staff and patient families had input on.
The University of Rochester Medical Center is more than halfway to its $100 million fundraising goal for the new state-of-the-art children's hospital. It's hospital that's designed with a new way to care for the youngest patients.
Fina Santiago and her 11-year old son, Nicholas, have spent many days and nights at the Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochester.
She says it started when he was only 1 years old.
"He in the past has had a lot of respiratory illnesses that have kept him here intubated for long periods of time so this place has become like a second home to us," said Fina Santiago, mother.
Soon the Santiago's will get a new home.
The new Golisano Children's Hospital will have eight stories and include a pediatric operating floor and intensive care unit.
Single rooms where families can also stay are part of the plan.
"Privacy for the family, no difficulties with infection or age related or behavioral problems," said Dr. Bradford Berk, URMC CEO.
Care that has changed from the past.
"Our intent in building this was to build it for the way medicine is practiced now rather than 35 years ago when the hospital was constructed," said Dr. Nina Schor, Pediatrician-in-Chief for the Golisano Children's Hospital.
The hospital will give families the chance to have home-cooked meals in a hospitality suite and provide spaces for children to just be kids.
"It's being able to bring it all together in a home that is just for them," said Wendy Lane, Director of the Child Life Program at the Golisano Children's Hospital.
Nicholas says he would like to see video games in every room.
"Like a tv that I could control with a remote and stuff," said Nicholas Santiago, a frequent patient.
Groundbreaking is expected for late this summer or early fall of this year. The hospital is set to open in 2015.
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