Nina Schor, the William H. Eilinger Chair of Pediatrics and pediatri-cian-in-chief of the hospital, says the trend is taking place because “in some ways, we are victims of our own success.” “Children who not that many years ago would have succumbed to chronic illness long before they reached adulthood are not only sur-viving, but in many cases thriving,” she says. “But they need episod-ic help when they have an exacerbation of their illness, or they may need technology to keep them healthy and functioning.” It’s also the case that the entire approach to caring for children in the hospital has changed. A generation ago, it was standard procedure to keep parents out of the room when doctors or nurses drew blood from a child, started an IV, or performed a spinal tap, for example. In recent years, the think-ing has changed dramatically. Parents are welcomed as part of the health care team as never before. They’re not only a source of com-fort to their child, but they hold important information that medical professionals might not be able to elicit from the child on their own. And when the child is released, it’s helpful for parents to know as much as possible about the treatments their child has endured, and how to care for the patient at home. “The whole mind-set has changed 180 degrees,” says Schor. “But this requires a very different physical plant.” The centerpiece of the Medical Center’s (Continued on page 34) NAMESAKE: “The only wealth that you get to keep is that which you give away,” said Golisano, the hospital’s lead benefactor, at a dedication ceremony in May. A Dedication to Pediatric Care It was B. Thomas Golisano’s $20 million lead gift in 2011 that set plans in motion to build the new hospital. A longtime generous donor to the University, Golisano had already given $14 million in 2002 to what was then the Strong Children’s Hospital for upgrades to laboratories, medi-cal technology, and the recruitment of a significant number of addi-tional clinical experts and faculty members. But as Golisano observed in his 2011 announcement, “A new facility is necessary to keep pace with medical and technological advancements and meet the modern standards of a children’s hospital.” A native of Irondequoit, just outside Rochester, Golisano is the founder of Paychex, which is among the nation’s leading payroll pro-cessing firms. Since 1985, he has given nearly $150 million to various institutions, with a focus on health care, education, and services and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. In addition to his two gifts to the hospital totaling $34 million, Golisano’s foundation has given more than $2 million to establish a partnership with the Univer-sity, the Institute for Innovative Transition, serving young adults with developmental disabilities as they make their way to further education or the workforce, and to support initiatives to improve oral health care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 30 ROCHESTER REVIEW September–October 2015 A PLAYFUL DESIGN: The seventh-floor Christie Simonetti Playdeck offers a space to accommodate siblings and patients, and a scenic view, connecting patients to the world outside the hospital walls.