The term TWIG is found in the name, TWIG Birthing Center, at Rochester General Hospital and Medina Memorial Hospital. It actually came from the formation of a new group in 1887 that thought itself "too small" to be a "branch", so selected the term "twig".
The Rochester-based Twigs were formed in 1887 as a group of friends
"who work at the grassroots level to fundraise and support Rochester General Hospital in our community. There are over 80 active and emeritus Twigs with over 600 members in the Rochester area." They have since spread to other hospitals around the country.
"Since 1987, the Association and Twigs have contributed over four million dollars to Rochester General Hospital through such projects as the Twig Birthing Center, the Twig Family Health Center, the Patient Discharge Renovation and the construction of two new operating suites. Recently, RGHA Twigs pledged $750,000 over a four-year period to build a new Ambulatory Services PreOp/PostOp area at Rochester General Hospital."1
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