Finger Lakes Health breaks ground for renovation construction
GENEVA—The latest renovation project from Finger Lakes Health is officially underway. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the organization broke ground on a $56 million expansion of Geneva General Hospital. The construction is expected to be completed in 2013. Finger Lakes Health also owns the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
Among those who took part in the project’s groundbreaking were Finger Lakes Health President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Acevedo, Chair Donald Wertman, former Chair Carl Fribolin, and State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua).
As part of the initiative, which is being called “Journey to the Best,” new emergency rooms and surgical suites; private patient rooms; and acute care infrastructure are intended to be added to the Geneva hospital. The four main goals of the project are to have 100 percent private patient rooms (Geneva General currently has 32 percent), an expanded emergency department, new operating rooms, and a larger intensive care unit. With the new renovations, the emergency department is expected to double its current space for patient needs and it is anticipated the square footage of the intensive care unit will triple. The project includes 106,000 square feet of new construction and 45,000 square feet of renovated space.
According to Wertman, “Journey to the Best” is being financed through a combination of borrowed, accrued, and contributed funds. He expressed gratitude towards those who contributed to the initiative and promised their funds would be going towards a good cause. “We will ensure your support will contribute to the benefit of this and future generations,” spoke Wertman. “With this project, we continue our tradition of success with our ‘Journey to the Top.’”
Kolb also expressed his praise regarding the initiative and commended Finger Lakes Health for their efforts to strengthen the hospital’s services. “What is happening is an investment in the community,” said the assemblyman. “I congratulate everyone in Finger Lakes Health.”
“Journey to the Best” follows a $9 million renovation project for the Penn Yan hospital which Finger Lakes Health recently completed. Acevedo referred to the newest groundbreaking as the start of something that will be beneficial. “Today is a new beginning,” he stated.