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News from Unity

Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital Holds 10th Anniversary Celebration for Patients

Unity Announces $1 Million Donation from Long-time Benefactors and Supporters

(Rochester, N.Y. September 24, 2011) – Over 200 patients and their loved ones took a 1-mile canal side walk for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital. “Joint Jam”—a first ever major reunion event for patients and staff of the Center-- was held at Unity at Ridgeway in Greece.

At the event, Unity announced it has received a $1 million donation from the families of Burt & Charles August for the modernization and expansion of Unity Hospital. The $159 million hospital project involves renovating existing patient rooms, including those in the Joint Replacement Center, and adding 30 beds to the medical/surgical units of the Hospital. Once completed in 2014, the new Center at Unity Hospital will be named the Charles J. August Joint Replacement Center. The expanded private rooms will have the latest technologies needed for the care of joint replacement patients. The Center will also have large areas for patients to have group rehabilitation sessions, lunches, and educational programs. The unique patient-centered group approach is the only comprehensive joint replacement program of its kind in Rochester and surrounding communities.

“For decades, the August Family has supported Unity and our commitment to provide the best health care experience to those we serve,” said Warren Hern, CEO/president of Unity Health System. Thanks to Augusts’ ongoing generosity and their spirit of philanthropic giving, building the hospital of the future, with the best technology and people, is possible.”

Other major Unity projects supported by the August Family include:

- August Family Birth Place- opened in 1999, the Birth Place has 21 private birth suites with modern technologies in every room

- The Timothy R. McCormick Transitional Care Center- Opened in 2010, the 40-bed unit provides extended care for patients who are not ready to return to their homes following hospital discharge.

Members of the August Family have served on various Health System boards. Burt and Charles August served Unity for over 30 years. Currently, Andrew August is a Unity Health Foundation Executive Committee member and Robert August serves as a board member of ACM Medical Laboratory, a subsidiary of Unity Health System.

Following the announcement of this major gift, the winner of a patient story contest that was held in conjunction with Joint Jam was announced. Patients of the Center had an opportunity to submit video and written accounts of their personal journeys of recovery—from the loss of activity prior to receiving a joint replacement, to rehabilitation, and ultimately the ability to engage in activities they no longer could enjoy. The winner of the contest, Bob Brinthaupt, received a $500 gift certificate for his “Joint Jam” rap-style video, which can be viewed at www.unityhipsandknees.org.

“Each one of our patients is unique and important to us,” said Michael Klotz, M.D., medical director of the Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital. “Following them, even after they are discharged from our Center and ensuring they are well and stay well, is part of our patient-centered model of care.”

“We are available for all our patients and invite them back to visit us through reunion lunches we hold at Unity Hospital, and events like Joint Jam,” added Debbie Wellington, program director of the Center.

The Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital is the largest comprehensive program of its kind. It is expected to provide care to 1600 patients in 2011.