NEW HYDE PARK, NY – Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York plans to construct a pediatric operating suite in its new medical/surgical pavilion. Construction is expected to begin in spring/summer 2017. A certificate of need was filed with the State of New York Department of Health in April.
Currently, the New Hyde Park children’s hospital shares operating rooms with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, which is adjacent to Cohen.
From 2012 to 2015, Cohen Children’s has seen a 13 percent increase in the number of surgical operations performed on its young patients, making the need for its own operating rooms even more pressing.
“The proposed on-site operating rooms at Cohen will be specifically dedicated and tailored to the pediatric population served by the children’s hospital,” said Charles Schleien, MD, executive director of Cohen Children’s Medical Center, and chair and senior vice president of pediatrics at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. “It is imperative from a patient, quality, safety and operational perspective that Cohen develop an operating room (OR) suite to allow for a higher level of care, as well as for program growth and efficiency for both the pediatric surgical population we serve and the adult population served by LIJ Medical Center.”
Projected to cost $65.4 million, the proposed OR suite will house seven pediatric operating rooms, with the infrastructure in place for an additional operating room. It will also include 26 pre- and post-op recovery beds, an intake area, consultation rooms and changing areas.
Cohen is the first and only American College of Surgeons Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the New York City metropolitan area. It is tied with Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo’s Trauma Center for treating the most number of seriously injured pediatric patients in New York State.