STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF) announced a donation -- in the honor of a noted vascular surgeon -- to be used for the construction of the new Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) Emergency Department.
The new Trauma Center will be named "The Dr. William C. Frederick Trauma Care Center," in memory of the late Dr. William C. Frederick, a vascular surgeon at RUMC and founding board member of the RCSF.
Frederick served as chief of surgery at RUMC for 12 years, was president of the medical staff from 1974 to 1975, and was associated with the then-St. Vincent's Hospital for 36 years before retiring in 1997. He died in 2013.
"His name echoes not just the halls of our hospital, but the community and elsewhere," said Daniel Messina, president and CEO of RUMC, during a ceremony Monday morning.
"A lot of what we are today as an organization -- the chemistry that we share, the culture that we are constantly proud of, the family atmosphere -- is really in large part to people like Dr. Frederick," he said.
Ceasar Claro, executive director of the RCSF, noted that the foundation's donation is the largest, single individual check written by the RCSF, although he refused to disclose the exact amount.
Frederick's daughter, Gail Frederick Donovan, presented RUMC with the check on behalf of the RCSF, where she replaced her father on the board of trustees.
"I am very honored, along with my family, to accept this wonderful dedication. My husband would be most pleased and very proud. Thank you so much for allowing this to happen, we're very grateful," said Frederick's wife, Joan.
The expanded 39,000-square-foot William C. Frederick Trauma Care Center will have the ability to accommodate RUMC's increasing patient volume with 50 new treatment rooms, a trauma bay, improved throughput, designated and outfitted patient observation and geriatric units, additional isolation capacity and a pediatric department.
RUMC expects to break ground on the project in mid-2016.