The Upstate Foundation in Syracuse, New York, has announced a $3 million gift from philanthropist Tom Golisano to establish a center for children with special needs at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.
The gift will enable the hospital to boost its patient capacity to seventy-six hundred children annually and will support construction of clinical offices, physical upgrades in other departments, expanded services, and the recruitment of new staff. The new center will provide comprehensive, coordinated medical and behavioral care for children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, and will work to promote greater understanding and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, enhance existing partnerships, and address the unmet needs of children with co-morbidities.
"It gives me great pleasure to contribute $3 million to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital to help create the Golisano Center for Special Needs and improve and expand services for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families," said Golisano, who founded Paychex and helped establish the hospital in 2009 with a gift of $6 million. "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."