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Rome Health readies for construction of new surgical center, ICU addition

By Eric Reinhardt (


Construction workers from the Hayner Hoyt Corporation of Syracuse handling site work for a $45.7 million addition to the Rome Health hospital for a new intensive-care unit and the Kaplan Center for Surgical Services. (Photo credit: Rome Health)

ROME, N.Y. — Rome Health says crews have started the site work to build the addition for the new intensive care unit (ICU) and Kaplan Center for Surgical Services.

The milder weather earlier this month gave the crew from the Hayner Hoyt Corporation of Syracuse a window of time to excavate the site and start pouring the footings for the new addition, per Rome Health’s Tuesday announcement.

Hayner Hoyt will build the foundation walls for the $45.7 million project over the coming weeks. Construction workers will complete the project in three phases, and Rome Health anticipates project completion in the summer of 2026.

The project involves constructing a 30,000-square-foot, three-floor addition on the north side of the hospital. The addition will allow the hospital to replace its aging operating rooms and ICUs.

“The $45.7 million capital project will enhance the experience for patients and their families while supporting the care team in delivering the best care out there here,” AnneMarie Czyz, president and CEO of Rome Health, contended in a statement.

King + King Architects of Syracuse designed the project, Ryan Thompson, COO of Rome Health, also noted.

Rome Health is using a combination of more than $29 million in public funding and private philanthropy to help pay for the project. The funding includes a $26 million New York State Transformation grant and $3 million in ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds from the City of Rome.

With nearly $44 million raised in public funding and private philanthropy, Rome Health says it is only $1.5 million away from reaching its fundraising goal for the capital campaign.

“Every gift, large or small, brings us closer to our goal,” Chester DiBari III, executive director of the Rome Health Foundation, said in a statement. “Through your generosity, we are transforming community-based healthcare to provide local access to great care in state-of-the-art facilities.”

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