VALLEY STREAM, NY – Franklin Hospital today announced the opening of its newly-renovated, 25,000-square-foot north wing, which was closed more than two years ago due to catastrophic flooding because of Nassau County’s rising water table.
The north wing includes areas for the hospital’s central sterile, laboratory, Lions Eye Bank for Long Island and support services divisions.
“The central sterile and laboratory groups will be able to work in a much more efficient manner in the newwing,” said the hospital’s executive director Catherine Hottendorf, RN. “We’ve configured our laboratory so it ensures optimal flow and efficiency for present and future needs at our facility.”
Now that the central sterile division of the hospital has expanded to a larger space, it will resume itson-site sterilization process. During the north wing restoration, the medical instruments were pre-sanitized at the hospital and final sterilization was performed by an outside vendor.
North Shore-LIJ Health System’s president and chief executive officer Michael Dowling praised Franklin Hospital’s staff at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for keeping the quality of patient care up despite working under difficult circumstances. “That takes a lot of commitment and dedication.”
The new wing also allows for adequate space so that departmental management can be involved in the daily operations of their respective divisions.
Having this new wing also allowed the Lions Eye Bank to move from the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset to a much larger facility in Franklin Hospital’s north wing. All of its operations are now housed in one location. Previously, the Lions Eye Bank’s laboratory and processing center was located in the Feinstein Institute while its administrative offices were located at 600 Northern Boulevard in Great Neck. Lions Eye Bank director Kenneth Manger explained that having the new, larger facility allows the eye bank to be more efficient and will enable it to perform more sophisticated processing procedures as a result of the new space.
The Lions Eye Bank has provided the gift of sight to over 12,000 corneal transplant recipients since its inception in 1986. It is one of about 80 operational eye banks in the United States. The Lions Eye Bank is so named because it is sponsored by the Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest volunteer service organization. Members of the Lions Clubs throughout the area raise money for the Eye Bank and also donate their time transporting the sight-restoring tissue to and from local airports, surgery centers and the Lions Eye Bank’s lab.