Rochester, N.Y. – Rochester Regional Health today held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Riedman Health Center, a 76,000-square foot building that has been designed to bring together a variety of patient care programs in a convenient, state-of-the-art facility in Irondequoit. Construction is expected to begin in November, pending New York State Certificate of Need approval.
“A major goal of our health system is to care for people close to where they live and work, at all stages of their lives,” said Rochester Regional Health President & CEO Eric Bieber, MD. “Whenever possible we are committed to bringing services to our patients, rather than the other way around. “
Chairman of the Rochester Regional Health Board of Directors Robert Dobies said, “We are proud to demonstrate our deep and abiding commitment to this community by investing in the future health and well-being of its residents. It’s the responsibility of this health system to continue to identify opportunities that will make healthcare more accessible to every individual. Beyond having an exceptional and compassionate medical team, Riedman Health Center will embrace respect for cultural, economic and emotional needs.”
The new center will be named for the Riedman Foundation, in recognition of the family’s generous $5 million gift to support the estimated $26 million project. This gift is the latest of several that the foundation, headed by patriarch John Riedman, a longtime Rochester General Hospital and Rochester Regional Health board member, has made to the health system.
“This is an example of what redeveloping an old building will do for the growth of Irondequoit,” said Riedman Companies President David Riedman. “Rochester Regional Health is a great driver of the economy and a great steward of the community and its continued success.”
Other significant gifts toward this important project were made by the Gull Rock Foundation, Inc., M&T Bank and Freed Maxick CPAs, all of which have a strong commitment to supporting nonprofit organizations—like Rochester Regional Health—in their efforts to make the communities that they serve better places to live and work.
According to Senior Vice President & Chief Quality Officer Bridgette Wiefling, MD, the Riedman Health Center will house a number of outpatient services that are currently located at Rochester General Hospital and other Rochester Regional facilities. The center will be a destination for primary care, pediatrics, dental, behavioral health, physical therapy, pharmacy, a blood draw station and more. The site was chosen, in part, because of its convenient location, right off Rt. 104 and close to two RTS bus lines.
The Riedman Health Center will be located at the former Tops Friendly Markets store location at 1455 East Ridge Road, Irondequoit.
Rochester Regional Health has contracted with LeChase Construction to complete the renovations with a goal of a LEED silver certification. Plans project the center to open in September 2017.
Rochester Regional Health is an integrated health services organization serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes and beyond. The system provides care from 150 locations, including five hospitals; more than 100 primary and specialty practices, rehabilitation centers and ambulatory campuses; innovative senior services, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of behavioral health services; and ACM Medical Laboratory, a global leader in patient and clinical trials. Rochester Regional Health, the region’s second-largest employer, was named one of “America’s Best Employers” by Forbes in 2015. Learn more at RochesterRegional.org.