Rochester Regional Health “Breaks Ground” on the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care

May 10, 2017

Groundbreaking ceremony
Breaking ground with President & CEO Eric Bieber, MD (left) are Karen Gallina, Mike Nuccitelli, Pamela Sands, Rob Sands, Bob Dobies, Dan Meyers, Nancy Tinsley and Jeff Mapstone

Rochester Regional Health held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care, a seven-story, 312,000-square-foot building on the Rochester General Hospital Campus. The center will expand and enhance services currently offered at Rochester General and will include a state-of-the-art perioperative platform with 20 operating rooms, 26 post-anesthesia beds and 54 prep/recovery beds. The center will also include 108 private acuity-adaptable patient rooms, a special care nursery featuring 14 private rooms for babies, eight new labor and delivery rooms and 20 private postpartum beds for new mothers, and other support services. Site preparation is underway with construction expected to begin in July, pending final approval of the New York State Certificate of Need.

“Rochester Regional Health has an ongoing commitment to providing convenient and accessible state-of-the-art healthcare to those who live and work in our region,” said Rochester Regional Health Board Chairman Bob Dobies. “The Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care will give us the space and technologies to further advance the delivery of many major clinical services.”

“The Center for Critical Care is a transformational project for Rochester Regional Health, its employees and our patients,” said Eric Bieber, MD, president and CEO. “We are dedicated to serving this community and are proud to take this step in our ongoing investments in expanding our clinical capabilities and expanding patient access to cutting-edge healthcare in Rochester.”

Rochester Regional previously announced that Constellation Brands and its President and CEO Robert Sands, as well as the Sands family foundations made a $20 million gift commitment in support of the construction of the new center. The Sands-Constellation gift is the lead contribution to Because Care Matters, Rochester Regional’s $300-million system-wide, comprehensive campaign.

“The Sands family and Constellation Brands have a long history of supporting causes that make a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors in the Rochester area,” said Rob Sands. “Caring for the health and well-being of our region is a shared responsibility. We are committed to doing our part to make the Center for Critical Care a reality and hope other community leaders will join us in supporting this important effort.”

“The size and scope of the new building will enable us to advance clinical care and continue to evolve as we implement new healthcare technologies,” said Rochester General President Nancy Tinsley, RN.

Rochester Regional Health has contracted Clark Patterson Lee and LeChase Construction, LLC to complete the building with a goal of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification. The Center for Critical Care is slated to open in the 4th quarter of 2020.

Conceptual rendering
Conceptual rendering of the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care


Rochester Regional Health is an integrated health services organization serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes and beyond. The system includes five hospitals; primary and specialty practices, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory campuses and immediate care facilities; innovative senior services, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of behavioral health services; and ACM Medical Laboratory, a global leader in patient and clinical trials. Rochester Regional Health is the region’s second largest employer. Learn more at

Center for Critical Care Fly-through Video