Thompson announced lead gift for $11 million project coming from Sands family and Constellation Brands.
Thompson Health plans to build a new Intensive Care Unit at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. Thompson announced Wednesday the Sands family and Constellation Brands have pledged $4 million toward the project.
Thompson currently has a seven-bed ICU. When completed in 2020, the hospital’s new ICU will encompass 12 beds and be staffed by full-time “intensivists.” These are physicians who are specially trained in the care and management of critical care patients.
Thompson will be able to care for an estimated 250 to 300 additional patients per year in its new ICU, according to the health system. This will eliminate the need to transfer patients to Rochester due to limited capacity.
"Our ability to care for more ICU patients locally will ease the tremendous burden placed on families, while at the same time decrease the overall cost of care regionally,” stated Michael F. Stapleton, Jr., Thompson Health president and CEO.
The gift from Constellation Brands is the lead gift of the new capital campaign that will fund the overall $11 million project.
"This wonderful gift, the most recent in a long series of transformational commitments to our health system made by the Sands family and Constellation Brands, will ensure Thompson Health remains a full-service inpatient facility with the highest level of care available in a community hospital setting,” stated Stapleton.
Thompson noted the Sands family and Constellation Brands have a long history with Thompson Health. The late Constellation Brands founder Marvin Sands served on Thompson’s Board of Directors for almost 30 years and his family has continued its involvement with the health system for decades. His son, Constellation Brands CEO Rob Sands, serves on the health system’s Board of Directors, as does granddaughter Lauren Sands.
“Throughout the years, and beginning with the example laid down by my parents, Thompson Health and the Canandaigua community have been key partners in our company’s success,” stated Rob Sands. “We are delighted to be able to contribute to Thompson’s future growth while helping to fund a crucial regional medical resource. All of us at Constellation recognize that a healthy community is the foundation for a successful company.”
In recognition of this commitment, the new unit will be named The Constellation-Sands Intensive Care Unit.