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Health Committee takes tour of children's hospital

The Onondaga County Legislature's Health Committee had a unique opportunity this month. The Golisano Children's Hospital hosted the committee for its monthly meeting and provided a tour of their new children's hospital.

The tour was hosted by Leola Rodgers, associate administrator for the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. Legislators were able to see some of the modernizations Upstate has made for its patients including flat-screen televisions, laundry facilities on each floor, kitchenettes and sleeping quarters. Every floor has a special, colorful decor and each of the accommodations helps make these unfathomable experiences a little tolerable. Golisano Children's Hospital services a 17-county region and is already approaching maximum capacity.

The Health Committee was also briefed on some of the upcoming projects Upstate is embarking on. Upstate has acquired 550 Harrison St. and the Townsend Towers. Currently, Upstate's only residence hall is Clark Tower, which provides accommodations for 190 students. Upstate's total enrollment is 1,400 students. The addition of Townsend and Harrison will provide housing for at least 400 students, medical residents and hospital staff.

The Legislature would like to thank Dr. David Smith, Dan Hurley, Leola Rodgers and Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital for hosting our Health Committee meeting.

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