The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has broken ground on its new Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, New York, US.

The $145m hospital will have eight floors, 52 private rooms, a neonatal intensive care unit and about 245,000ft² of space devoted to children and their families.

University of Rochester Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk said the new facility has given URMC a chance to take its goal of patient- and family-centred care to a whole new level.

"Having the space to accommodate a patient’s family means they can truly be part of their child’s care team," Berk added.

"Children heal faster and more comfortably when they have their families with them while they are hospitalised."

The hospital will also feature a new hospitality suite that parents can use to shower, and prepare and eat home-cooked meals as a family.

University of Rochester president Joel Seligman said, "We have already been delivering outstanding patient care, and this new facility is going to make Rochester a destination for pediatric care across upstate New York and the nation."

Golisano Children’s Hospital is funded through a combination of equity, loans, and a comprehensive fundraising effort.

The new facility is designed by Philadelphia-based Ballinger Architects and is scheduled to be opened in 2015.

Image: URMC’s new children’s hospital will devote 245,000ft² of space to children and their families. Photo: URMC