North Shore-LIJ Hospitals Receive Nearly $1.8M in Capital Awards from Queens Borough President, City Council

Three North Shore-LIJ Health System facilities—Forest Hills Hospital, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York—have received $1.4 million in grants from Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall.  The funds, which come from the borough president’s capital discretionary allocation, have been awarded to support the hospitals’ capital needs in fiscal year 2013. LIJ received an additional $381,245 in capital awards from the New York City Council.

At Forest Hills Hospital, a total of $450,000 will be used to purchase needed surgical equipment, including a laparoscopic surgery tower, orthopedic fracture table, ultrasound and anesthesia workstation.  Borough President Marshall also provided the hospital with $202,000 for the purchase of a “green” emergency medical transport ambulance with solar-powered batteries.

A separate $760,000 grant will be used for a fluoroscopic system, anesthesia machines, endoscope and laser at LIJ Medical Center, as well as pediatric ultrasound equipment and a laser system at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

“Funding for this equipment at the North Shore-LIJ hospitals is an investment in the future health of thousands of residents of Queens who use these facilities,” said Borough President Marshall.

 “We thank Queens Borough President Helen Marshall for her leadership in securing funds for the purchase of this important medical equipment, which will enhance care for residents of Queens and all families who rely on Forest Hills Hospital, LIJ Medical Center and Cohen Children’s Medical Center for their healthcare needs,” said North Shore-LIJ President and CEO Michael Dowling.

LIJ Medical Center also received $381,245 in capital awards secured by New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Deputy City Council Majority Leader Leroy Comrie, and Council Members Mark Weprin and Karen Koslowitz to purchase an MRI monitor and mobile driver training simulator for emergency medical services.  “We greatly appreciate the support of the City Council, especially the Queens delegation,” Mr. Dowling said.

“I am pleased that capital funds from the Queens Delegation will go towards such important medical needs,” said Council Member Koslowitz. “I am pleased to support North Shore-LIJ Health System facilities, which continue to serve our community with the latest medical technologies and services,” added Council Member Weprin.

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, long-term care facilities and more than 270 ambulatory care centers 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 44,000, 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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