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Rochester General Hospital To Dedicate the New Riggs Endovascular Operating Suite

January 01, 2008

Rochester General Hospital officials, physicians, staff, and donors today celebrated the dedication of a new state-of-the-art operating suite dedicated to Endovascular surgery, which is surgery done from within a blood vessel. The suite was built to provide leading edge quality imaging for procedures requiring x-ray guidance or intra-operative angiography, including angioplasties, stent placements, catheter-based atherectomies and surgery on aneurysms.
Benefactors of the new operating suite include Drs. Gail and Patrick Riggs, the latter an attending vascular surgeon at Rochester General Hospital. A number of other philanthropists generously contributed to the $4.5 million project cost.
Construction of the Riggs Endovascular Operating Suite, which began in early 2007, is a major component of Rochester General Hospital?s $55 million Master Facility Plan, which includes the new Eugene Polisseni Pavilion (open); the B. Thomas Golisano Pavilion and Emergency Center (opening December ?09); and the renovated and expanded Rochester Heart Institute (opening December ?09).
?We are very appreciative of the generous financial support provided by the Riggs family, and by the many other donors who recognize the importance of supporting excellence in our hospital,? said Mark Clement, president of Rochester General and CEO of the Rochester General Health System. ?The new Riggs Endovascular Operating Suite gives our surgeons the latest technology to ensure that our patients receive the highest level of care available.?
There are many advantages to endovascular surgery including less discomfort and shorter recovery times for patients; local or regional anesthesia, instead of general anesthesia; smaller incisions; and, reduced need for blood products.