Ground broken for Thompson’s new ICU in Canandaigua

During Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new Intensive Care Unit and Pulmonary Medicine Clinic at Thompson Hospital, Thompson Health President/CEO Michael Stapleton noted that $9.5 million of the necessary $12.3 million for the project has been raised — “an absolutely astonishing number,” he said.

The Canandaigua Messenger

“We have been blown away by the community’s input into this,” Stapleton said at a gathering in the hospital cafeteria attended by some 150 people immediately prior to the groundbreaking.

Thompson is upgrading from its current seven-bed ICU to a 12-bed unit, with an ongoing capital campaign. This move will mean being able to keep more patients at Thompson rather than send them to Rochester when hitting capacity, and will support the hiring of intensivists, or physicians specializing in the care of critically ill patients.

The project is expected to take 12 to 13 months to complete.

“This celebration is certainly very special,” said Dr. Justin Weis, medical director of ICU and Respiratory Medicine at Thompson Hospital. “It’s one I’ve been dreaming about since my start here five years ago.”

Additional space in the new facility will mean a departmental layout supporting a more robust team and more effective delivery of care, Weis said.

Stapleton characterized this and other projects as further steps in the process that began when Canandaigua philanthropist Mary Clark Thompson established the original community hospital on North Main Street and continued through the work of community leaders such as longtime hospital Board of Directors member Marvin Sands and former CEO Linda Farchione. He noted it’s the next natural step in Thompson achieving its vision of becoming the leading community healthcare system in western New York.

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