The University of Rochester Medical Center broke ground on the 245,000 square foot facility this morning.
The University of Rochester Medical Center says the new eight story facility will be the best children's hospital ever built in Western New York.
Sandra Beasley's family spent many nights at Golisano Children's Hospital over the last two years. She said "The fourth floor was like home...Eventhough we werent at home, it was home away from home. And by them doing this hospital, making it bigger and better, nine times out of ten its gonna be even nicer."
Today, sandra's daughter Arieona is in remission from leukemia.
She's looking forward to a cancer free future, maintained by doctors at the brand new, state of the art Golisano Children's Hospital.
Mark Siewert is Chair of the Board of Directors for Golisano Children's Hospital.
He said "This new hospital will put us in a whole new league with Pittsburgh, Boston and Cincinatti's children's hospital."
It will include a 60 bed neo-natal intensive care unit, pediatric imaging unit and 52 pediatric rooms.
The team that designed the new hospital worked with a very critical group, the families of former patients, to make it both soothing and fun.
"Its an environment that will be welcoming, that will minimize infection that will maximize our ability to get kids home and healthy and back to their families," said Dr. Nina Schor, Pedatrician-in Chief, Golisano Children's Hospital.
University of Rochester President Joel Seligman added "It's a tough world out there. It's a world of challenges but to never forget we stand as guardians to the next generation. We stand as the only individuals who can ensure their health and care. And at no place is that more poignant and more significant than at a children's hospital."
The hospital is set to open in 2015.
They hope to expand even further to include a pediatric surgery unit by 2017.
Local billionaire Tom Golisano donated $20 million to the $145 million dollar project.