Entrepreneur Thomas Golisano, namesake of UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital, has pledged $5 million to support construction of a new Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness Center. With the gift, Golisano has now given nearly $41 million in support of the children’s hospital.

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The new building will be the primary outpatient location for the children’s hospital’s pediatric behavioral health and wellness program— which treats children with depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse, PTSD, and other behavioral and emotional conditions — and will be staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes child psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and nurses.

“Rochester — like much of the country — has seen a serious dearth of services and providers in this area,” said Mark B. Taubman, M.D., CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center.  “But this gift will allow us to essentially double the space that we have to care for children with emotional or behavioral needs.”

The $10 million building, estimated at 30,000 square feet, will be located near the intersection of South Avenue and Science Parkway, next door to the planned location of the Golisano Autism Center, a collaborative venture between Al Sigl Community of Agencies, AutismUp and CP Rochester. Construction on both buildings is expected to begin next spring, with completion of the Behavioral Health & Wellness Center slated for 2019.

These services are designed to diagnose and address potential issues before they become major concerns, thus reducing the need for emergency department visits and inpatient services, both of which will remain located at URMC.