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Golisano donates $3 million to expand services at a children's hospital in Syracuse

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(L to r) Dr. Gregory Conners of Upstate Children's Hospital, Ann Costello of the Golisano Foundation and Eileen Pezzi of Upstate Medical University

Area philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano has donated $3 million to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse to establish a center for special needs.

The center, which will be named the Golisano Center for Special Needs, will provide comprehensive medical and behavioral care for children and adolescents with all types of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Officials say the center will act as the umbrella, creating a framework to increase collaboration resulting in better patient care. It will centralize programs and services available to this population.

Golisano said, “The number of children needing services and the number currently on the wait list is staggering. The expansion and co-location will help meet the growing demand for services and expedite patients’ progress toward healthy, productive lives.” 

Dr. Mantosh Dewan, interim president of Upstate Medical University, said that the new Golisano Center for Special Needs “will provide many additional critical services to the community and continue to connect opportunities to better serve patients and their families.”

Golisano previously donated several million dollars to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and has also helped fund major improvements at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC.