Lenox Hill Hospital to undergo $2-billion renovation

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Northwell Health plans to renovate its flagship hospital in Manhattan.

Lenox Hill Hospital is preparing a comprehensive renewal plan of its 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,” Northwell Health said in a statement.

Plans also call for a new outpatient care center on Third Ave. between 76th and 77th streets, improvements to the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital on E. 64th St., and other ambulatory expansions in Manhattan.

Lenox Hill Hospital has delivered clinical care since its founding in 1857 and currently treats more than 163,000 patients annually. However, several of its 10 buildings – which were erected more than a century ago – are not configured to deliver care efficiently, according to Northwell Health.

“Lenox Hill Hospital is one of the most storied institutions in Manhattan, serving communities throughout the city for more than 160 years,” Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling stated. “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.”

A report from the The Wall Street Journal suggests that the $2 billion renovation plan will include the development of a 41-story, 200 unit residential building at the Park Ave. corner of the site.

Northwell Health noted in the statement that they are considering a multi-billion-dollar building. The new hospital would include modern patient and operating rooms.

Lenox Hill is looking to move away from multi-bedded rooms. Plans call for converting to all single-bedded patient rooms that will offer 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, according to the healthcare

Further, the hospital is looking to significantly expand its existing 14,300 sq. ft. emergency department as well as establish a dedicated “mother-baby” hospital to accommodate mothers and family members in an elegant, private environment.

The Lenox Hill Hospital revitalization plan would occur in stages. Throughout all phases of the project, the hospital will remain open, maintaining the same level of care, according to Northwell Health.

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