What is Lenox Hill Hospital’s impact on healthcare in New York City?
- Lenox Hill Hospital is an iconic New York institution that has served the community since 1857. Since its founding, Lenox Hill Hospital has been a center for innovation and medical breakthroughs. Our hospital is particularly well known for excellence in cardiovascular disease, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, maternal/child health and internal medicine. We’re also a recognized leader in public health education and community outreach. Lenox Hill Hospital is ranked one of the top five hospitals in New York State. Click here to learn more about Lenox Hill Hospital’s long history and medical accomplishments.
What is the current status of the project?
- Last year, we kicked off a process to renew this historic institution. Comprised of ten separate buildings, with several erected more than a century ago, the buildings are simply not configured or properly purposed to effectively deliver the next generation of care.
- Over several months, we presented our initial plans to Community Board 8 and we participated in a task force review convened by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and led by Council member Keith Powers. We are again currently engaged with the task force.
- We are planning to revitalize Lenox Hill into a hospital ready to care for current and future generations. This will ensure the hospital remains at the forefront of clinical care, both regionally and nationally for years to come. Importantly, our revised proposal draws from best practices learned during our fight against COVID-19 to create an optimal, pandemic-ready clinical environment.
Why are you rebuilding Lenox Hill Hospital? What are your goals for the renewal?
- Comprised of ten separate buildings, with several erected more than a century ago, the buildings are simply not configured and equipped to effectively deliver the next generation of care.
- We are planning to revitalize Lenox Hill into a hospital ready to care for future generations. This will ensure the hospital remains at the forefront of clinical care, both regionally and nationally for years to come.
- This new facility will be a purpose-built hospital that will feature all single-bedded patient rooms, a right-sized emergency department, new surgical suites and other larger clinical spaces. Planned upgrades include:
- Patient Rooms: Like most modern hospitals, Lenox Hill is looking to move away from multi-bedded rooms. Plans call for converting to all single-bedded patient rooms, which will give greater privacy to patients and their families, reduce the risk of infections and improve staff workflow. The goal of the project is NOT to increase the number of hospital beds at Lenox – in fact the bed count will remain within the same range as the current hospital. The revitalization instead allows for single-bedded patient rooms for our entire patient population. These rooms will be available to all patients and will not result in additional charges to patients or their insurance providers.
- Operating Rooms: Plans call for expanding the size and number of operating rooms to accommodate new and emerging technology and equipment, streamline operational efficiency, and improve patient and staff experiences.
- Emergency Department: Currently treating about 56,000 emergency patients annually, the hospital is looking to right-size its existing, 14,300 square-foot emergency department to meet and improve the patient experience.
- Mother-Baby Hospital: Building on Lenox Hill’s rich history of maternity services, we will look to establish a dedicated “mother-baby” hospital to accommodate mothers and family members in an elegant, private setting. With its own separate entrance, the facility would feature an expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a range of obstetrics and gynecology (Ob-Gyn) services, including more labor and delivery suites, newborn nurseries and other specialty services. Northwell Health is a leader in maternity services, delivering approximately 1% of all babies nationwide.