William G. Pomeroy to Donate Former Switz’s Building to Crouse Health

Photo: Rick Moriarty | rmoriarty@syracuse.com

Local entrepreneur and philanthropist William G. Pomeroy has announced that he has donated his iconic 66,000-square-foot building on South Bay Road to Crouse Health to be used as a site for clinical care services and community health and wellness activities.

The building, which features a clock tower, most recently served as the headquarters of global IT infrastructure company CXtec but is known by many in the community as the old Switz’s store. In 2020 the building had a replacement value of $11.8 million.

“I am thrilled to be able to offer the residents of the northern suburbs, as well as the entire Central New York region, easy and welcoming access to the first-class healthcare provided by Crouse,’’ Pomeroy said.

Crouse Health President and CEO Seth Kronenberg, MD, said Pomeroy’s generosity will allow Crouse to enhance access and care for patients. “With this strategic expansion of Crouse services, we look forward to offering residents of the northern suburbs enhanced access to the high-quality healthcare for which Crouse is known throughout the region,” says Kronenberg.

Kronenberg said the facility will offer clinical care that will include primary care and other medical and surgical specialties. The space will also provide a wide range of community and professional educational programming, including maternity and pregnancy classes, screenings focusing on diabetes, stroke, prenatal care, cardiac health and other community wellness activities, including Crouse’s well-known Visit to Hospital-Land program. Crouse also plans to offer neighborhood organizations use of the facility’s large community room for events, art exhibitions and social and business gatherings.

“I wanted this donation to be an opportunity to remember my late wife, Sandra Pomeroy, who served as my devoted caretaker when I was hospitalized at Crouse. She continued to offer unwavering support to me, the hospital and its mission, even after I was in remission,’’ Pomeroy said.  “To be able to provide this facility to the community in her memory is one of the best ways I can think of to honor the wonderful, kind and loving person that Sandra was.’’

Kronenberg said the goal is to design programs around the specific needs of the community, while taking full advantage of Crouse’s regionally recognized healthcare expertise and resources. “We are grateful to Bill Pomeroy for his generous support of the Central New York community, especially his continued focus on the healthcare needs of all of those in our region.’’

Crouse Health plans to move into the building in the first quarter of 2024, when the facility will be renamed the Pomeroy Community & Wellness Center at Crouse Health.