New Donation to Help Expand Critical Care in Batavia

The money will continue the fundraising work to bring a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit to United Memorial Medical Center.

Nov. 7, 2023 5   min read

Two men and two women in business attire holding a large novelty check for $150,000 from the Jerome Foundation to United Memorial Medical Center
Leaders with the Jerome Foundation and Rochester Regional Health celebrate a donation to help with the expansion of the Intensive Care Unit at United Memorial Medical Center. (Left to right: Christine Fix, The Jerome Foundation Executive Director; Robert Balbick, The Jerome Foundation Board President; Tracy Ford, UMMC Foundation Board President; Daniel Ireland, RRH President and COO of Finger Lakes Rural Hospitals)

BATAVIA, New York – The Jerome Foundation, a Batavia-based organization that receives, manages and distributes non-profit funds for health-related purposes, donated $150,000 to Rochester Regional Health’s United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC), and specifically its plans for a new, state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The renovated ICU will triple in size and bring crucial medical care to patients who are often the sickest, most vulnerable and most in need in Batavia and the surrounding communities.

“Building a new, expanded and modern Intensive Care Unit is a priority project for United Memorial Medical Center, and another example of Rochester Regional Health’s unwavering commitment to the health and wellbeing of our rural residents. It means in a time of crisis, our community can get lifesaving critical care right here at home, reducing the need for difficult trips to bigger cities,” said Dan Ireland, RRH President & Chief Operating Officer, Finger Lakes Rural Hospitals. “We want to thank the Jerome Foundation for this generous donation, and for its continued support that allows us to provide world class health care to our patients here in the Genesee County region.” 

Over the years, the Jerome Foundation has supported several UMMC projects including the construction of a new Healthy Living Campus and new Radiology Department. 

“The Jerome Foundation has a long history of supporting worthwhile organizations in our community and what can be more appropriate to our mission than continuing our financial assistance to United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC),” said Robert Balbick, The Jerome Foundation President. “UMMC provides our community with invaluable professional medical services and its commitment to do so in the future in part depends upon contributions from our community. This $150,000 gift to UMMC is an investment in that future for every one of us in this community.” 

The expanded ICU will triple in size from its current space and include:

  • Ten private patient rooms with bathrooms
  • One bed dedicated to pediatric patients
  • Central nurses station, with work stations outside each room
  • Cutting edge technology in each room including integrated telemedicine and enhanced monitoring capabilities, and additional lift and transfer equipment in the rooms
  • New ICU waiting room

UMMC is still completing all the future ICU’s design details and continues with its fundraising efforts


About Rochester Regional Health

Rochester Regional Health is an integrated health services organization serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes, St. Lawrence County, and beyond. The system includes nine hospitals; primary and specialty practices, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory campuses and urgent care facilities; innovative senior services, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of behavioral health services; and Rochester Regional Health Laboratories and ACM Global Laboratories, a global leader in patient and clinical trials. Rochester Regional Health is the region's second-largest employer. Learn more at 

About the Jerome Foundation

St. Jerome Hospital Foundation was incorporated in 1981 to provide financial support for St. Jerome Hospital. Upon the merger of St. Jerome Hospital into Genesee Memorial Hospital, the name of the corporation was changed to The Jerome Foundation in 2004. The Jerome Foundation receives, manages, and distributes funds for the benefit of not-for-profit organizations for health-related purposes.

Past recipients of The Jerome Foundation grants include: UMMC Hospital Foundation, the Sisters of Mercy, Crossroads House, St. Joseph Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, and GLOW YMCA.

Annually, The Jerome Foundation sponsors the Health and Humanitarian Award to recognize volunteer men and women of Genesee County who have helped promote the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of the area’s residents.

In addition, The Jerome Foundation supports the William F. Brown, Jr. scholarship. The scholarship is given annually to a high school graduate from Genesee County who is pursuing a career at a four year college in the field of journalism, communications, marketing, or public relations.