Rochester General Hospital Redefines the Surgical Stay

February 25, 2014

RGH Cuts the Ribbon on new Surgical Short-Stay Unit

Rochester General Hospital (RGH), already ranked fourth in New York State by Delta CareChex for surgical care, celebrated the completion of a new surgical short-stay unit designed to provide patients with a unique combination of privacy, high-quality care and comforting amenities. Surgery_Ribbon Cutting_web

“This surgical short-stay unit is an investment in our patients and the way surgical care should be provided,” said Mark Clement, president and CEO of Rochester General Health System (RGHS). “Advances in surgery and surgical recovery are leading to shorter hospital stays. This new unit gives patients an extraordinary healing environment that complements the nationally recognized care delivered by the teams at Rochester General Hospital to create an even greater patient experience.”

Designed for patients who need to stay in the hospital for 23 hours or less after surgery, the unit is the latest example of Rochester General Health System’s family-centered approach to care, featuring:

  • 12 state-of-the-art private rooms.
  • A private bathroom and shower for every room.
  • Family-friendly furniture in each room that will allow loved ones to remain comfortable when staying with a patient.
  • Telehealth capabilities in every room, allowing for more frequent rounding by offsite physicians and specialists.
  • Two uniquely-equipped rooms for patients with additional needs.

“As surgeons, we know the importance of the care that comes after the patient leaves the operating room,” remarked Dr. Ralph Pennino, chief of surgery for RGHS. “It is an integral piece to the puzzle and this unit will bring post-surgical care at RGH to new levels of excellence.”Private Patient Room_web

The 12-room surgical short-stay unit, located on the 2000 wing of the hospital will begin to see patients on Thursday, February 27. In summer of 2014, RGH will begin renovating its 2800 unit in similar fashion.

The purpose of the unit has been embraced by the friends of RGHS. To date, community members have combined to give more than $500,000 through the RGHS Transforming Care campaign to support the construction of this unit. To learn more about the campaign or future projects at Rochester General, contact the RGH Foundation at (585) 922-4800 or visit