University of Rochester Medical Center | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center. University of Rochester Medical Center was founded in 1921. George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, was the hospital's first benefactor. In the early 1900s, Eastman agreed to fund a medical school with one request: that the school use its skills and talents "to make Rochester one of the healthiest communities in the world."

URMC is anchored by Strong Memorial Hospital. The 830-bed hospital includes a regional trauma and burn center and specializes in transplants, along with specialty care for a number of neuromuscular conditions. U.S. News & World Report ranked Strong Memorial as one of the top 50 hospitals in the country for three specialties: gynecology, nephrology and neurology and neurosurgery.

URMC continues to expand and diversify its research and educational offerings to the community. The medical center is home to nearly 1,500 researchers and includes The Center for Community Health, which was established to develop and expand academic-community health partnerships. This year, University of Rochester alumnus Paul Schyve, MD, committed $5 million to the university to support research about ethical decision-making in clinical care, prompting the university to establish a Center for Bioethics.

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