Officials with Unity Hospital in Rochester held a donor appreciation ceremony Tuesday morning, honoring families and philanthropists who contributed to the hospital's new dialysis and endoscopy treatment centers.
The Andrew J. Kirch Acute Care & Chronic Care Dialysis Center, and the Kamal & Tarun Kothari Center for Endoscopy & Digestive Diseases, have both been open for about a week. Each was funded in part by a $400,000 grant from the namesake donors.
The centers are located at Unity's Golisano Center, which has been under construction since 2010 as part of a four-year expansion plan.
"Rebuilding our dialysis and endoscopy units is a big part of the overall project, "says Unity Hospital COO Stewart Putnam. "We're glad we were able to open them quite recently."
"I've been doing dialysis for seven years," patient Joan DiCesare told YNN Tuesday, "and the new area really nice. It's big, spacious; they (nurses) don't have to carry jugs around all the time, it all comes right from the wall. The oxygen comes right from the wall instead of having to bring a little machine all over," she said.
Both facilities are on the first floor of Unity Hospital.
A wing of new surgical suites and a neurology patient rehab center are both still under construction at Unity. Both are scheduled to open in 2014.