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Northwell Health Plans UES Expansion of Lenox Hill Hospital Campus

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An artist rendering of the proposed Lenox Hill Hospital renewal plan. Photo Credit: Northwell Health

Officials at Northwell Health’s Lenox Hill Hospital say it is preparing a comprehensive renewal plan aimed at ensuring the future success of the storied acute-care facility on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The goal is to create a new purpose-built Lenox Hill Hospital that will feature all single-bedded patient rooms, an expanded emergency department, new surgical suites and other larger clinical spaces, the company said in a release. Plans also call for a new outpatient care center on Third Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets, improvements to the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital on E. 64th Street, and other ambulatory expansions in Manhattan.

“As Northwell Health’s flagship hospital in Manhattan, Lenox Hill Hospital has delivered world-class clinical care since its founding in 1857 and currently treats more than 163,000 patients annually,” the company noted. “However, several of its 10 buildings were erected more than a century ago and although Northwell Health has invested more than $200 million in capital improvements since Lenox Hill Hospital joined the 23-hospital health system in 2010 and continues to make upgrades, the buildings are not configured to deliver care efficiently and it’s increasingly inefficient to maintain the aging facility.”

“Lenox Hill Hospital is one of the most storied institutions in Manhattan, serving communities throughout the city for more than 160 years,” said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health. “This revitalization plan is the next step in ensuring Lenox Hill Hospital’s continued success and underscores Northwell Health’s commitment to meeting the health needs of New Yorkers for generations to come.”

To help finance the multi-billion-dollar project, said the company, hospital planners are looking at incorporating a new residential building — a strategy that has served as a lifeline for many cherished New York not-for-profit health, educational, religious and cultural institutions.

Key program elements driving the need for the new hospital include:

Patient Rooms: Like most modern hospitals, Lenox Hill is looking to move away from multi-bedded rooms. Plans call for converting to all single-bedded patient rooms, which will give greater privacy to patients and their families, reduce the risk of infections and improve staff workflow.

Operating Rooms: Plans call for expanding the size and number of operating rooms to accommodate new and emerging technology and equipment, streamline operational efficiency, and improve patient and staff experiences.

Emergency Department: Currently treating about 56,000 emergency patients annually, the hospital is looking to significantly expand its existing 14,300 square-foot emergency department to meet growing volume and improve the patient experience.

Mother-Baby Hospital: Building on Lenox Hill’s rich history of maternity services, the hospital is looking to establish a dedicated “mother-baby” hospital to accommodate mothers and family members in an elegant, private setting. With its own separate entrance, the facility would feature an expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a range of obstetrics and gynecology (Ob-Gyn) services, including more labor and delivery suites, newborn nurseries and other specialty services.

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