Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Breaks Ground on New Construction

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine  will break ground today on a 65,000-square-foot expansion that will more than double the size of the school just two years after enrolling its first students.

Created to alleviate the national shortage of physicians, the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine has changed the way doctors are trained with an innovative curriculum that fully integrates academic and clinical experiences from the very beginning of a student’s medical education.

The school opened in 2008, becoming the first new medical school in the New York metropolitan area in more than 35 years. It has grown from 40 students to 100, and this year received 5,500 applicants for just 80 openings.

“Five years ago, we stood together in this building to celebrate the beginning of a new era – the opening of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “Now, as we break ground on this new addition, we celebrate how far we’ve come – together - towards our goal of training a new generation of doctors who will improve health care on Long Island and in New York State for decades to come.”

“It’s a tremendous feeling to stand here today and proclaim that we need more room to fully carry out our mission,” said Founding Dean Dr. Lawrence G. Smith. “We began with a very important mission in this historic facility that once housed the New York Jets, and now we are making history once again as we continue to grow, innovate and more fully serve the national need.”

“The continued expansion of our School of Medicine underscores the incredible progress that North Shore-LIJ and Hofstra University have achieved in helping to revolutionize medical education over the past five years,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “I extend my sincere thanks to the State Senate delegation, and the Town of Hempstead for their support in laying the groundwork for the medical school’s future success.”

The estimated cost of the project is $35.9 million, $14.5 million of which is provided through $25 million in New York State Economic State Development Corporation grants secured by Hofstra University in 2008.

The grants were sponsored by the New York State Senate delegation, led by Majority Leader Dean Skelos and State Sen. Kemp Hannon. A portion of the 2008 grants was used to renovate the Medical School’s facility in 2010. The $21.4 million balance for the new construction will be financed through bonds issued by the Town of Hempstead Local Development Corporation.

The new, two-story HLW International-designed building will be connected to the current building with a two-story lobby/atrium space. The first floor will feature a 241-person auditorium; a 7,000-square-foot Structure Lab; a large, divisible multi-purpose room with the capacity to seat 90 people; and a large events space, as part of the entry lobby. The second floor will include the Dean’s suite; a faculty suite and offices; and 12 additional small-group classrooms. Corridors are extra wide, with student collaborative zones and study areas that follow a “Main Street” concept and natural light brought to the center of the building through a large skylight.

The project, which is estimated for completion in January 2015, will achieve LEED Silver certification.

The new medical school has plenty to boast about in the two years since it enrolled its inaugural class of 40 students. The academic credentials of the student body are of the same caliber as those of New York University School of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University.

To view a video of the groundbreaking, go here.

About the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

The School of Medicine was formed in response to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2006 recommendation to increase medical school enrollment by 30 percent by 2015. Hofstra University, Long Island’s largest and most prestigious private university, and North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of the largest health systems in the nation, responded to this need by establishing the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

The School of Medicine is built upon the strong clinical and graduate medical education programs of the Health System and the robust research and academic programs of Hofstra University and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at North Shore-LIJ Health System. In August 2011, the School of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class and in 2013, the school will welcome its third class, for a total of 180 students.

About Hofstra University

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education, health and human services, honors studies, a School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The 240-acre campus of Hofstra University is a nationally recognized arboretum and a registered member of the prestigious American Public Gardens Association. It is only the third school in the New York metropolitan region to have a law school, a medical school and a school of engineering.

About North Shore-LIJ Health System

The nation's third-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 16 hospitals, two long-term care facilities and nearly 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of more than 46,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in New York City.  For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.


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