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Castle Office Group

County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency

Upstate New York’s largest hospital-affiliated ambulatory surgery center, the University of Rochester Medical Center Surgery Center features 10 operating suites and three procedure rooms equipped with advanced technology for optimal care, and spacious facilities for enhanced comfort and privacy for patients and families.

Project Need(s)
Aiming to provide more appropriate care to the growing number of its patients needing outpatient surgery, the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Strong Memorial Hospital URMC launched plans for the Center three years ago, as growth in specialty care placed more pressure on Strong Memorial’s existing operating suites for urgent, high-acuity inpatient procedures.

Project Solution
URMC partnered with a local real estate developer Castle Office Group, LLC, to develop the 80,000-square-foot medical facility in the Town of Brighton, Monroe County. URMC Surgery Center’s spacious facilities – with 625-square-foot operating rooms and procedure rooms measuring 400 square feet – are nearly double their in-hospital counterparts. Operating rooms are equipped with the latest anesthesia, monitoring, and high-definition video devices that are boom-mounted on the ceiling, freeing up floor space for surgical staff and allowing for more efficient transitions between cases. Each room is computerized for electronic medical records. One operating room is outfitted to videotape procedures for teaching purposes. The procedure rooms will accommodate cases that do not require general anesthesia, such as minor hand surgery.
The $36 Million project was assisted by the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency provided a LeasePlus property tax abatement. This Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Taxes program provides real property tax abatements for University and/or medical related facilities in which a 501(c)3 entity leases from a for-profit entity.
The Center’s opening in July 2009 created 95 jobs, which will grow to 126 when the facility is at capacity. In addition, on any given day over more than a year, nearly 100 local construction workers were on site.