The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), located in Rochester, New York, is one of the main campuses of the University of Rochester and comprises the university's primary medical education, research and patient care facilities.
URMC is one of the largest facilities for medical treatment and research in Upstate New York and includes a regional Prenatal Center, Trauma Center, Burn Center and the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, an Epilepsy Center, Liver Transplant Center and Cardiac Transplant Center and also includes a major AIDS Treatment Center and an NIH-designated AIDS Vaccine Evaluation Unit. A large portion of the university's biomedical research is conducted in the Arthur Kornberg Medical Research Building and the Aab Institute of Biomedical Sciences.
URMC occupies a 4,000,000-square-foot (370,000 m2) complex located between Elmwood Avenue, Mount Hope Avenue (NY 15), Genesee Valley Park, and Lattimore Road.
In January 2008 the University of Rochester announced a $500 million strategic plan geared toward expansion in research and patient services. The plan will potentially add 800 new jobs to the university. Part of the expansion will include building a new 6-story, 123-bed addition to the hospital, a building for clinical and translational sciences, and a new ambulatory surgery center to be built on Westfall Road.
Strong Memorial Hospital is the main teaching hospital and patient care facility at the University of Rochester and is housed within the main complex of the URMC. It is a Level I trauma center serving the Rochester community and is the most prominent member of the Strong Health System. Strong also includes the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, named after philanthropist Tom Golisano.
The School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) is an accredited medical school and school for advanced dental education, with graduate education programs in biomedical, biological and health sciences. The facilities of the school are located in its own wing of the main URMC complex and the adjoining Arthur Kornberg Medical Research Building with a total of more than 420,000 square feet (39,000 m2) of research space. Dental education and patient facilities are located within the URMC complex and the adjacent Eastman Institute for Oral Health.
SMD is ranked 29th for research and 15th in the primary care schools category by U.S. News & World Report, with the dental programs ranked in the top 10. SMD also received a full six-year accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for its 26 residency programs at Strong Memorial Hospital in 2005. The medical school opened in 1925, and its first class graduated in 1929.
The School of Nursing is an accredited nursing education program located in the Helen Wood Hall building of URMC. The school's Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program was ranked the seventh best in the U.S., with the Adult Nurse Practitioner program ranked 13th and the Family Nurse Practitioner program ranked 21st by U.S. News.
Recently, several new programs and centers have been founded at URMC. A cancer stem cell research program has been established at the Wilmot Cancer Center, one of only three such programs in the United States, the others being at Harvard University and Stanford University. Also, a new Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has been announced, which will be housed in a new 150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2) research and education facility. The program was awarded a $40 million NIH grant, one of the largest in the history of the university. URMC acquired Lakeside Hospital in Brockport and is creating Strong West. It will be an urgent care center with the possibility of having an emergency department system.
URMC comprises the largest portion of the University of Rochester's annual budget. For the 2004-2005 fiscal year, URMC's patient care and hospital resources accounted for 59% of the total university budget at $910 million. URMC also makes up a large portion of the university's $232 million research budget.