The F.F. Thompson Foundation recently received a $500,000 gift from the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation. The gift will help build an expanded intensive care unit and pulmonary medicine clinic set to open at UR Medicine Thompson Hospital in the spring of 2020.
“Thompson Health is so grateful to the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation for this latest gift, which continues a long series of generous support for our local health system. The Wegman family has a commitment to quality and service, as does Thompson Health. We are very proud to be able to partner with them and our other community supporters to bring forward this latest innovation in health care,” said Michael Stapleton Jr., Thompson Health president and CEO.
Designed by LaBella Associates, the ICU/pulmonary medicine expansion is being erected by The Pike Company Inc. On-site work began in late January, and excavation began in April. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing coordination is complete, with an elevator shaft already erected and steel framing work underway.
According to Stapleton, the project is on track and on budget. It involves growing from the current seven ICU beds to 12 ICU beds, enabling Thompson to have full-time coverage from physicians specially trained in the care and management of critical care patients. In addition, the hospital will send fewer patients to Rochester due to limited capacity, keeping an additional 250 to 330 critically ill patients close to home annually.