Upstate News

March 29, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Gifford Foundation awards $250,000 grant to children’s hospital project

The Rosamond Gifford Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to the capital campaign for Central New York Children’s Hospital at University Hospital. The grant puts the level of funding for the children’s hospital project at $7.5 million. The campaign’s goal is $15 million.

“We greatly appreciate the generous support of the Gifford Foundation and we hope its endorsement of this project will inspire other individuals and organizations to support this vital community project,” said Eileen Pezzi, vice president for development at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

The Gifford Foundation, founded in 1955, offers more than $1 million in grants annually to various human service and cultural agencies and programs serving Central New Yorkers.

The Central New York Children’s Hospital at University Hospital will consolidate pediatric services at University Hospital to two floors and feature 50 private patient rooms, family sleep and dining area as well as playrooms and a family resource center among other amenities. The children’s hospital will have its own entrance. The addition will increase the amount of space dedicated to pediatric medicine at University Hospital from 18,000 square feet to 87,000 square feet.

The children’s hospital will comprise the top two floors of a proposed $90 million, six-story addition to be built above the existing Emergency Room. While a break ground date has not been set, the children’s hospital is set to open in December 2007.

For more information on the children’s hospital or to make a contribution to the campaign, call 464-KIDS.

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