RGHS Dedicates Sands-Constellation Heart Institute
June 07, 2012
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June 8, 2012
Rochester General Receives $4 Million Donation
Rochester General Health System received a $4 million donation from the Sands family and Constellation Brands Thursday and also announced its cardiac unit has been renamed the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute.
June 7, 2012
Nationally ranked cardiac care division named to honor family and corporation for combined gift of $4M
Rochester General Health System (RGHS) has renamed its nationally ranked cardiac care division to recognize a gift from the family of Constellation Brands CEO Robert S. Sands and a corporate gift from international producer and marketer of wine, beer and spirits, Constellation Brands Inc. The cardiac care division, formerly known as the Rochester Heart Institute, will now be called The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute.
“The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute illustrates the kind of good that is possible when hardworking healthcare providers, generous friends and philanthropic businesses come together with a common goal,” remarked RGHS President and CEO Mark Clement.
The gift, which represents the first to support Rochester General Health System’s upcoming fundraising campaign, was for a total of $4 million. The Sands Family Foundation contributed $2 million and Constellation Brands contributed the additional $2 million. This combined gift is being touted as a shining example of both personal and corporate philanthropy.
“Rochester is a truly special community and for close to 70 years my family and Constellation Brands has supported this great place to live, work and to raise a family through volunteerism and philanthropy,” said Sands. “We are especially proud of the nationally recognized work conducted at RGH and supporting the organization in its quest to expand important health care services.”
The aforementioned gift is the latest in a long history of philanthropy for both the Sands Family and the company. In 2009, RGHS dedicated the Sands Family Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit to recognize the family’s gift $2 million to support the previous capital campaign, which ended in the last decade. A member of the health system’s board of directors since 1999, Sands also served as board chair from 2002 until 2008. He continues to serve on the board and several key committees—remaining a steadfast champion for Rochester General Health System.
“While both extraordinary and humbling, this latest gift is no surprise to me, as Rob has been one of the most loyal and consistent supporters of RGH over the years,” commented Jim Digan, president of the Rochester General Hospital Foundation.
The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute is the new overarching name for a division of RGHS that brings some of the best cardiac care in the United States to upstate New York. In the latest rankings by CareChex, an independent healthcare analytics firm, that is a division of the Delta Group, has ranked the heart institute as number one in New York State and number three in the United States for major cardiac surgery. The agency also rated Rochester General Hospital number one in New York State for cardiac care.