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History and Growth of Unity Hospital


A citizens group led by Dr. James P. Feming and County Judge John P. Lomenzo proposed a hospital built in the Town of Greece. The initiative was widely supported.

1961 The Greece Council of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce commissioned a citizens committee led by Ralph P. DeStephano Sr., Fred Strauss, and Dr. Malcolm Waite, to bring a hospital to the Town of Greece.
1965 The Northwest Hospital Committee presented to the Park Avenue Hospital Board of Directors a deed to 154 acres of land on Long Pond Rd.
1966 Park Avenue Hospital's board of directors voted to relocate to the Town of Greece.
1967 The Park Avenue Hospital Auxiliary formed a branch in Greece. Its first fundraiser was held at Cardinal Mooney High School.
1971 Final approval for the Greece hospital site was granted by the New York State Public Health Council. Groundbreaking ceremonies for Park Ridge Nursing Home were held on May 6.
1972 Park Ridge Nursing Home admitted its first resident on July 31. Construction of Park Ridge Hospital was underway following groundbreaking ceremonies on November 13.
1973 Park Ridge Hospital initiated a task force to study the need for mental health services in northwest Monroe County. Western Monroe Mental Health Center opened six years later.
1975 Park Ridge Hospital opened its doors on September 7. Admissions ceased at Park Avenue Hospital on August 29.
1976 The Park Ridge Foundation was established to solicit financial support for Park Ridge facilities, programs and equipment.
1977 A medical office building opened adjacent to Park Ridge Nursing Home.
1979 A campus development plan was unveiled. Envisioning future community needs, the site plan allowed for expansion of long term care services, ambulatory surgery, chemical dependency treatment facilities, and child care services.
1981 Construction began on Park Ridge Hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center.
1985 Public ceremonies on September 10 marked the opening of Park Ridge Chemical Dependency.
1986 Park Ridge Commons opened in March, providing affordable apartments to low-income seniors.
1987 The Medical Education Center opened at Park Ridge Hospital.
1988 The Park Ridge Professional Office Building opened as the largest medical office building in northwest Monroe County.
1998 St. Mary’s Graduate Medical Education Program moved to Park Ridge Hospital.
2001 Park Ridge Hospital Intensive Care Unit was named Top 100 in the United States.
2004 The Primary Angioplasty Program for acute heart patients completed its first full year of operation at Park Ridge Hospital with stellar results.

Park Ridge Hospital performed the most joint replacement procedures in the Rochester area.

The Emergency Center Renovation and Expansion Project began. The $27 million expansion tripled the size of the Emergency Center, expanded operating room capacity, and enlarged offices, conference space and educational facilities within the Department of Medicine.


Park Ridge Hospital celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The L.M. Salmen Surgical Center at Park Ridge Hospital opened its new endosuites with fully-integrated high-definition technology. The suites, which are part of the Emergency Center Renovation and Expansion Project, are the first of their kind in the Greater Rochester Area.

Park Ridge Hospital received designation as a Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health.

2006 The Emergency Center Renovation and Expansion Project is completed in February. The state-of-the-art facility has 30 private treatment rooms, including rooms and waiting areas specially designed for pediatric patients and their families.

In studies conducted by groups such as the New York State Health Accountability Foundation and the Niagara Health Quality Coalition, Park Ridge Hospital ranks better than state average in measures of cost and quality of care.

Park Ridge Hospital is ranked one of the nation’s Top 100 hospitals in the Cleverley & Associates Community Value Index study (CVI) in 2006 and 2007. The CVI is a measure of the value that a hospital provides to its community.

2007 Unity Hospital is one of five community hospitals approved by New State Department of Health for a pilot elective angioplasty program. The program allows designated hospitals without open-heart surgery programs to perform elective angioplasties.
2010 Unity Health System begins construction phase of Unity Hospital Modernization & Expansion Project.
2011 Unity opens the Golisano Center on the Unity Park Ridge Health Care Campus.
2013 Unity Hospital opens a new fourth floor as well as the Kamal and Tarun Kothari Center for Endoscopy and Digestive Disease; Andrew J. Kirch Acute Care and Chronic Care Dialysis Centers; and a newly renovated pharmacy.
2014 Unity Hospital officially completes its Modernization and Expansion Project with the opening of the Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center and the Charles J. August Joint Replacement Center. The Hospital is essentially brand-new, from the patient rooms to state-of-the-art equipment.