Creating a More Sustainabile Community

Rochester Regional Health is dedicated to helping improve the healthcare experience, ensure a healthy environment, and lower healthcare costs. We’re reducing waste, eliminating toxins, and creating a more sustainable community now and for the future.

Our Mission

To enhance the lives and preserve the health of people and our resources by choosing local solutions, products and practices that balance the social, environmental and economic qualities needed to meet the needs of the community today and tomorrow.

Our Vision

Using the Rochester Regional Health values of quality, compassion, respect, collaboration and foresight, we will address the root causes of poor health.

Collaborations & Partnerships

RIT & Rochester Regional Health Alliance

Capitalizing on both organizations’ unique and special strengths, the RIT & Rochester Regional Health Alliance is dedicated to innovation in medical care, education and research for the betterment of individuals in our institutions and the greater community. RIT is Rochester Regional Health’s official academic affiliate and Rochester Regional is the university’s official affiliated clinical partner. We work together to improve the quality and cost of health care delivery, and to demonstrably improve the health of the people of Western New York and the Finger Lakes.


By recovering and redistributing medical supplies and equipment, and through the provision of volunteer opportunities for medical professionals and aspiring educators, InterVol is able to further its mission to engage health-focused humanitarian efforts worldwide. Founded in 1989 by Ralph Pennino, MD, Senior Vice President and System Chair of Surgery for Rochester Regional Health. InterVol has given different generations within the Rochester community the opportunity to work side-by-side through various grassroots programs, in the spirit of volunteerism. At the core of the organization, is the drive to create a bridge between global communities, in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, while providing better access to health care for those who so desperately need it.

Market Driven Community Cooperatives

The City of Rochester’s Office of Innovation, has partnered with Rochester Regional Health and other local anchor institutions including RIT, St. John Fisher College, and the University of Rochester to coordinate a project to develop worker-owned cooperative businesses as part of a comprehensive wealth building strategy for Rochester. In 2015 the City engaged The Democracy Collaborative, a group with extensive expertise from similar work in Cleveland Ohio in connection with the Evergreen Cooperatives. The first company from this initiative called ENEROC, provides sub-contracting services for lighting and solar array installations. Their first job is to retrofit the lamps of the two ramp garages located at Rochester General Hospital.