Long Island Business News
December 28, 2014
North Shore LIJ: The Big Get Bigger
This was a big year for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, which grew to include 19 hospitals in 2014, including two in Westchester.
The state’s biggest employer – 54,000 employees and counting – added Northern Westchester Hospital and Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, both part of the defunct Stellaris Health Network. But the Westchester push was only part of Long Island’s biggest 2014 growth story, as North Shore-LIJ added new doctors and built new facilities here on the Island.
The system opened a massive, $84 million, 96,000-square-foot cancer center designed to provide a wide range of cancer-related services at one site. The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, housed at the health system’s Center for Advanced Medicine, was part of a $175 million investment North Shore-LIJ made to expand ambulatory cancer services.
The health system also built diagnostic imaging centers in Garden City and Huntington and began construction of a 44,000-square-foot cancer treatment and imaging center in Bay Shore, in addition to its new deal with California-based Access Clinical Partners to open as many as 50 urgent care centers in this region within the next four years. Two North Shore-LIJ–GoHealth Urgent Care centers opened in 2014, in Forest Hills and Massapequa.
The system also announced plans to move its headquarters from Great Neck to Lake Success, where North Shore-LIJ will occupy a 120,000-square-foot building at 2000 Marcus Ave. A wide range of North Shore-LIJ executives will be under one roof at the renovated, retrofitted structure.
In one of its more unique expansion moves, the healthcare system also introduced its own indigenous insurance company – East Hills-based CareConnect.
The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, meanwhile, added 100 new students to grow its student population to 280. Many of those coming-soon doctors (the med school’s first graduations are slated for May) underwent clinical training at North Shore-LIJ hospitals, with the system eyeing a future stream of young talent.