A Proud History

Rochester General Hospital has served the community for more than 150 years—almost as long as the city’s existence. And as the city and its healthcare needs have evolved, so too has Rochester General and its pursuit of excellence. We have grown from a single building to a comprehensive care campus with region-leading services exemplified by the Lipson Cancer Institute, the Sands- Constellation Heart Institute and soon, the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care.

As a 528-bed tertiary care hospital, we are among the region’s leaders in the provision of comprehensive and innovative care, as well as a broad range of specialties. We have been recognized as a Breast Center of Excellence and Top 50 Hospital for Stroke Care. Additionally, the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute is one of the state’s largest cardiology programs, making us a national Top 100 Cardiac Hospital.

Rochester General Hospital

Milestones in Care

1864 Rochester City Hospital (RCH) opens on West Main Street
1909 George Eastman gives RCH $400,000 (worth more than $9.6 million in 2017) for a new main building
1911 RCH renamed Rochester General Hospital (RGH)
1956 Northside Division of RGH opens on Portland Avenue
1966 Westside Division of RGH on West Main Street closes location after 102 years; services move into Northside Division
2003 Lipson Cancer Center established
2003 Affiliation with Cleveland Clinic formed
2013 Sands-Constellation Heart Institute established
2014 Rochester General Health System and Unity Health System merge to form Rochester Regional Health

Delivering the highest level of patient-centered care requires more. More space. More technology. More opportunities for training and development. That’s what the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care provides. Designed for efficiency, the seven-story, 312,000-square-foot center allows us to achieve a vital next step in our evolution through state-of-the-art surgical suites, advanced women’s health and newborn care and patient-centric care rooms for the critically ill and injured.