Sep 06, 2019
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst today hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of its new ambulatory surgery center. The $5.5 Million capital expansion project, which is being funded by the New York City Council, will feature 5,000 square feet of additional space, and includes a new operating room, four procedure rooms, 18 pre- and post-procedure beds, and comfortable waiting areas. Healthcare providers from a wide range of surgical specialties, including urology, gastroenterology, general surgery, pulmonology, ophthalmology, and gynecology, will practice in the new center, allowing NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst to increase the volume of its same-day surgeries by around 45 percent, with a projected revenue of $6.8 million. Construction is set to be completed in the spring of 2021.
“We are extremely grateful to the New York City Council for funding NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s new ambulatory surgery center, which will allow us to greatly expand our capacity to perform critical surgical procedures for serious medical conditions impacting people in this community,” said Vice President of NYC Health + Hospitals and Elmhurst CEO Israel Rocha. “We are proud to continue to invest in the future needs of our patients by providing them with the type modernized, up-to-date facilities found in other parts of the city.”
“Often ambulatory procedures diagnose illness, remove malignancies, and expedite healing,” said Dr. Renee Spiegel, Director of Surgery at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst. “With this much needed new Ambulatory Surgery space we can build a state of the art center that can reduce wait times in diagnosing and treating life-threatening conditions in patients. We thank Council Members Mr. Dromm and Moya, and the Queens’ City Council delegation, for their generous allocation. Their support will help us save countless lives.”
“I welcome NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s new ambulatory surgery center to my district,” said NYC Council Finance Chair Daniel Dromm. “This new center will ensure faster and more efficient surgeries and other services for my constituents. I am pleased to have advocated for the funding that has made it a reality. NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst stands out as a leader in our borough’s medical community, and I will continue to support its development in every way possible.”
“Congratulations to Elmhurst Hospital and its world-class staff on the groundbreaking of its new Surgical Ambulatory Center! I was born at this hospital, I worked at this hospital, and Elmhurst Hospital’s continuous effort to modernize and improve service to our community is something that makes me proud to now represent this hospital in the City Council. It’s both a duty and a privilege to facilitate the services Elmhurst Hospital provides so I want to thank Speaker Corey Johnson and my colleague Councilman Danny Dromm for working with me to allocate $5.5 million to this project in the city budget. The funding will allow Elmhurst Hospital to expand its services and treatment for complex cases — conditions that disproportionately affect our community. This expansion of services and care is exactly what it looks like when New York City is working for New Yorkers,” said Council Member Francisco Moya.
“The groundbreaking on the new ambulatory surgery center for Elmhurst Hospital is great news for Queens residents,” said Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik. “Our hospitals should have nothing less than state-of-the-art facilities. I look forward to the completion of the project.”
“I was pleased to support this capital project which will enable Elmhurst Hospital able to offer significantly expanded, state of the art same day surgical services to the residents of Queens,” said Council Member Karen Koslowitz.
“This new, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center right here in the borough of Queens will go a long way to better serve New York City residents, and will help save countless lives,” said Council Member Paul Vallone. “I’m proud to be a part of this critical investment in our community and I applaud NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst for their continued strides to provide high-quality, accessible health care to the people of New York City.”
“Congratulations to Health + Hospitals for breaking ground on this new facility,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. “The new ambulatory surgery center will improve timeliness and access to specialty health care services for patients in Queens. I commend the New York City Council for its support of this important project.”
“I applaud my colleagues in the City Council for securing the funding for this much needed and state of the art ambulatory surgical center,” said Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz. Our community depends on Elmhurst Hospital to provide the highest quality medical services, and the addition of these enhanced and up to date facility, which has previously only existed in other parts of the city, is an incredible benefit to all of us. I thank Elmhurst Hospital for their commitment to the health and well-being of our all of community members, and their dedication to the advancement of medical services here as well.
Elmhurst’s new ambulatory surgery center is part of the hospital’s major capital investment initiative of more than $88 million spent or committed over five years.
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