While hundreds of employees have already begun working at the Irondequoit site, a dedication ceremony for Rochester General Health System’s new facility on Kings Highway is set for Thursday morning.
There is once again activity at the former Kings Park office complex in Irondequoit.
Rochester General Hospital System employees have moved in and begun working there and signs have gone up calling it the hospital’s Riedman Campus.
The hospital is announcing today that a special ceremony to dedicate the new campus located at 100 Kings Highway South, Irondequoit, just north of East Ridge Road, is being held at 10:30 a.m. this Thursday morning, March 31.
The campus will also be dedicated, at that time, in the name of Rochester business leader and philanthropist John Riedman, who is being honored for his “extraordinary support,” over the years, of the hospital.
The Rochester General Foundation will also announce, on Thursday, a major gift that Riedman and his foundation are making to Rochester General.
To date, the hospital system has been gradually shifting employees from offices it had leased on Humboldt Street in Rochester and from the hospital campus at 1425 Portland Avenue to the Irondequoit site.
Back in October, leaders from Rochester General announced that the hospital system had purchased the 21.1 acre Kings Park property at a cost of around $9.5 million.
The complex had been the site of some controversy in recent years when a plan was floated to at least temporarily relocate the Irondequoit Senior Center in leased space there. A public vote was held, citizens voted against the plan, and it didn’t occur.
Most recently, the site was home of the ESL Federal Credit Union support services center, now relocated to ESL’s new headquarters in downtown Rochester, across from the Strong museum. The site has also been home to some Paychex operations, a discount store and a skating facility over the years.
The three-building complex features 305,000 square feet of office space and is the fifth-largest class A office park in Monroe County.
Kings Park was previously owned by HUB properties, a Boston-based real estate investment trust (REIT).
The campus, about a half-mile from the hospital, is expected to provide important flexibility for Rochester General, which is relocating support service and other administrative functions to the site, creating additional clinical space at the hospital. The new site is also expected to allow for greater fiscal efficiency for the hospital by consolidating previously leased office spaces and eliminating the need to expand parking and storage facilities on the hospital campus.
Last fall, the hospital said the immediate plan was to bring more than 450 staff members currently located at 333 Humboldt St., in the city of Rochester, to the site. The majority of those staffers work in the hospital’s information technology, finance, payroll and education staff, among others.
Longer range plans also include the possibility of housing potential outpatient services at Kings Park, creating greater ease of access and convenience for patients.
Page 2 of 2 - “We are excited about the expanded options and flexibility such a high-quality complex as Kings Park offers us,” said Mark C. Clement, chairman and CEO of Rochester General Health System, last fall. “Current market conditions make the acquisition of Kings Park a great value for our health system and one that will provide great benefit to both our patients and staff.”
The hospital’s purchase is great because there will no longer be a big, empty building at the site, Irondequoit Supervisor Mary Joyce D’Aurizio said last fall, and because 500 employees will be moving in, “which means they will be eating, shopping and doing other business in Irondequoit ... Economically, this is fantastic for the town.”
On the down side, D’Aurizio said, the hospital acquisition means that all or most of the site may come off the town’s property tax rolls, since hospitals are considered not-for-profits.
Clement and D’Aurizio will both be at Thursday’s dedication ceremony, as will John Riedman, chairman of Riedman Corporation and board member of Brown & Brown Insurance; Bob Dobies, chairman of the Rochester General Health System’s Board of Directors; Jim Digan, president of the Rochester General Foundation; Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks; Tom Richards; and
Sam Huston, a Rochester General Foundation board member and former President of Rochester General.