Crain’s Health Pulse
January 29, 2015
North Shore-LIJ Hospitals Expanding EDs
Southside Hospital, a 341-bed North Shore-LIJ health system facility in Bay Shore, L.I., has received contingent approval from the state Department of Health for a $38 million expansion of its emergency department. The project increases the number of ED treatment bays to 49 with the addition of 14 beds. “Southside Hospital’s existing ED was built in the late 1970s and has become spatially, functionally, technologically and operationally obsolete,” the hospital wrote in its certificate-of-need application, scheduled for committee review at today's meeting of the state Public Health and Health Planning Council. The project, scheduled for a March 2016 completion, will be funded by $3.8 million in cash and $34.3 million in bonds. Southside will apply for funding through the state’s new Capital Restructuring Financing Program. The new ED is projected to have a $1.7 million loss in the first year of operation and a $3.5 million loss by the third year, which North Shore-LIJ said it’s “able and willing to absorb.” DOH also recommended contingent approval of another NS-LIJ system initiative: a $45 million project to expand the ED at Huntington Hospital to 47 treatment bays, adding 18 beds. Construction is scheduled to be completed in January 2016.