Forest Hills and Franklin Hospitals Now Part of LIJ Medical Center

NEW HYDE PARK, NY – Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) announced today that the state has approved a request to join Forest Hills Hospital and Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream with Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center.

Both community hospitals are now under the operating license of LIJ Medical Center based in New Hyde Park and are divisions of LIJ Medical Center.   They have been renamed Long Island Jewish Forest Hills and Long Island Jewish Valley Stream. Being fully integrated into LIJ’s operations benefits patients of the two hospitals by connecting them to the expertise and resources of one of the region’s most highly specialized medical centers.

Partnering with one of Northwell Health’s largest tertiary hospitals also affords the Forest Hills and Valley Stream hospitals with:

  • Significant brand awareness and recognition among health care consumers.
  • A more consistent and integrated patient experience across all three LIJ Medical Center campuses, which also include Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park and Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks.
  • An improved communication network for decision making and better patient follow-up across the five hospitals.

“Medical care at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream and Long Island Jewish Forest Hills will be held to the same high standards of quality and service that LIJ Medical Center offers. The three facilities will learn from each other and implement best practices that can improve care and operations at all locations, without compromising the independent cultures that have been established with the patients, physicians and employees in our respective communities, ” said Chantal Weinhold, senior vice president and executive director of Northwell Health’s Central Region.

Jobs, services and leadership teams at the Forest Hills and Valley Stream locations are not affected by the amalgamation with LIJ Medical Center. The two community hospitals will continue to deliver a full array of programs and services to patients in the Queens and Nassau County communities they serve.

Richard Schwarz, MD, LIJ Medical Center’s medical director, said incorporating the two community hospitals into the medical center lets Northwell Health establish a single integrated medical staff across the three campuses. “The two community hospitals are now an extension of LIJ Medical Center’s campus,” Dr. Schwarz said. Long Island Jewish  Forest Hills is a 312-bed community teaching hospital that provides inpatient medical and surgical care, intensive care, and obstetrics and gynecology services, including a maternity program that delivers about 2,000 babies annually. The hospital is designated as a Level II Perinatal Center, a 911 receiving site, a certified heart station and a New York State-designated Stroke Center.  The hospital offers a well-regarded medical residency education program and a podiatry residency education program. 

Long Island Jewish Valley Stream is a 305-bed community hospital offering a comprehensive array of medical and surgical programs and services, including wound care and orthopedic and bariatric surgery. Plans are currently under way to renovate the Emergency Department to better serve the needs of the community.  It is also home to the 120-bed Orzac Center for Rehabilitation, which  houses the hospital's long-term care and rehabilitative medicine department and the medically oriented Adult Day Health Care Program.

The new structure at the Forest Hills and Valley Stream hospitals comes on the heels of the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s name change to Northwell Health, which took effect on January 1. The name change is the centerpiece of broad rebranding and marketing campaign aimed at introducing Northwell Health to health care consumers throughout the metropolitan area.


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Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve more than 1.8 million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit


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