Memorial donations fund hospital gazebo

Facility’s nursing home patients enjoy new access to fresh air


Residents at the Rome Memorial Hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility will get to enjoy the sunny skies and refreshing autumn air in a gazebo — in honor of a local man who passed away in 2019.

Memorial contributions made to Rome Hospital Foundation in memory of Joseph G. Griffo were used to fund the new gazebo for facility residents to enjoy the outdoors.

Griffo, who retired from the City of Rome after 40 years of service, passed away at age 95 at the RHCF in 2019. Grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff for their care and compassion during his stay in the hospital and at the RHCF, Griffo’s family asked that memorial contributions in his name be made to Rome Hospital Foundation to support the resident activities at the RHCF.

Residents use the Griffo Gazebo to enjoy more time outdoors, play cards and games, and visit with their families. Since Griffo took great pride in taking excellent care of his lawn and flowers surrounding his home, flowers were added throughout the summer months in his honor for residents to tend and enjoy as part of their activities.

“We are grateful to the Griffo family for choosing Rome Hospital Foundation for their memorial contributions.” said Brian Miller, president of Rome Hospital Foundation.

“The contributions made in memory of Mr. Griffo enabled us to fund a beautiful outdoor space for the RHCF residents that would otherwise not have been possible. We look forward to seeing the residents enjoy the space for their activities in honor of Mr. Griffo for many years to come.”

“My father was a devoted family man who took pride in and cared about his community,” said his son, state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo. “Our family is truly thankful for and appreciative of all the staff who showed such great compassion and care during my father’s stay at Rome Hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility.”

“We are hopeful that this gazebo and outdoor space will provide joy and happiness to residents and the community now and into the future,” the son added.

Located on the third floor of the hospital, the RHCF is an 80-bed nursing home that provides long-term care, short-term rehab and respite care.

It has been recognized by New York State as a top performing nursing home for four consecutive years, according to the hospital announcement.


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