Located on Genesee Street in Rochester, New York, St. Mary’s Hospital was established in 1857 by the Catholic Daughters of Charity. It was the first hospital established in Rochester, New York. In 1941, the current main building at St. Mary’s Hospital was constructed, and in 1985, a major expansion and renovation project was completed. St. Mary’s Hospital merged with Park Ridge Hospital in 1997, and the newly merged hospitals formed Unity Health System. Now known as Unity St. Mary’s Campus, the hospital has been nationally recognized for its community health care services and programs for the disadvantaged.
Prior to federal regulations placed on asbestos in the late 1970s, asbestos-containing materials were utilized in the construction and maintenance at St. Mary’s Hospital. Inhaling dust and particles from the application of asbestos-containing materials placed workers at risk for developing serious health problems, such as mesothelioma. Even those who did not work directly with asbestos materials remain at risk for the development of asbestos-related diseases. Many union and non-union laborers who worked on construction projects for St. Mary’s Hospital were employed by various contractors throughout Western New York. If you or a loved one were employed as a laborer at St. Mary’s Hospital, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer or another asbestos-related disease, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.