Crain’s Health Pulse
April 15, 2016
Surgeons at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park currently share the operating rooms at neighboring Long Island Jewish Medical Center. But with patient volume growing at both hospitals, Northwell Health aims to open a new $65 million operating suite at the children's facility by next summer. The eight operating rooms and 26 pre- and post-op recovery beds at the children's hospital would be tailored to the needs of pediatric patients, according to a certificate-of-need application submitted to the state. Cohen Children's recently hired eight additional surgeons and is in the process of recruiting four more, said Kevin McGeachy, its executive director. "Having our own operating rooms helps in the recruitment of surgeons, particularly those who are well-trained and want to work in a pediatric-only environment," he said. The plan for the new operating suite calls for at least 75% of the project to be funded through philanthropic donations, but McGeachy added that he doesn't want construction to be hindered by the fundraising process. "We'll break ground as soon as we receive state approval, and our philanthropic efforts will catch up," he said.