CANANDAIGUA — The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation has donated $500,000 toward the new intensive care unit and pulmonary medicine clinic at UR Medicine Thompson Health.

“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,” said Michael Stapleton Jr., president and CEO of 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.”

The $12 million project is under construction and expected to open next spring. The project was designed by LaBella Associates with construction by The Pike Company; on-site work began in late January and excavation in April.

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing coordination is complete, with an elevator shaft erected and steel framing work under way.

Stapleton said the project is on track and on budget. It involves expanding from the current seven ICU beds to 12, enabling Thompson to have full-time coverage from doctors specially trained in the care and management of critical care patients.

As a result, 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.

The pulmonary clinic will see patients suffering from chronic lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, congestive obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and other diseases. It will nearly triple the size of the current pulmonary clinic, enabling Thompson to see more patients than current space allows and shortening appointment wait times.

With the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation gift, Thompson has now raised approximately $11.1 million of the $12 million needed for the project. For more information on the capital campaign co-chaired by Dale Hunt and Randy Farnsworth, see ThompsonHealth.com/OurICU.

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