RGHA assists the Hospital in the operation of the following activities: Nursing Education, Nursing Practice, Social Work, Teaching Fellowship and Volunteer Services.
The Association coordinates the work of the Twigs which are groups of friends who work at the grassroots level to fundraise and support Rochester General Hospital in our community. There are over 80 active and emeritus Twigs with over 600 members in the Rochester area. The Twigs originated at Rochester General Hospital in 1887 and have since spread to other hospitals around the country. In addition, RGHA manages the Twig Gift Shop, the city’s only all-volunteer hospital gift shop.
Since 1987, the Association and Twigs have contributed over four million dollars to Rochester General Hospital through such projects as the Twig Birthing Center, the Twig Family Health Center, the Patient Discharge Renovation and the construction of two new operating suites.
Program Funding Approved
Four years ago RGHA made a pledge of $385,000 to be paid over a period of five years for the creation of a Simulation Laboratory for Medical Education at Rochester General Hospital. The final amount will be paid off this year.
At the Fall Presidents Meeting last year, funding was approved for Pediatric Department Programs in the amount of $56,000 annually, for a period of three years. To date, these funds have been used for the annual a bicycle safety program, where helmets are distributed to young riders, an exercise program to address the obesity problem in our young patients, and a lactation education and support program for the Moms. The mom’s program includes a lactation specialist and a psychologist.
Our budget includes coming events such as a Halloween “trick or treat” event and the annual Christmas party—which take place in the Pediatric Clinic—providing a safe place for the children to enjoy their holidays. The “Reach out and Read” program (our most recent addition) is an on-going effort which provides specific books to our young clinic patients to help doctors evaluate their development.