|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2008
Lincoln Hospital Opens New Ambulatory Care Pavilion
Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Today Celebrates Inauguration of New Medicine Pavilion,
Marks First Phase of Multimillion Dollar Emergency Room Expansion
To Provide Greater Efficiency, Improved Patient Privacy, Comfortable Amenities
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center announced today the grand opening of a two-story, state-of-the-art glass façade structure that will serve as a new Ambulatory Care Pavilion. Medicine clinics, currently located next to the existing emergency department, will be moved to the first floor of the 15,000 sq. ft. new space, constructed at a cost of $7 million.
The new Ambulatory Care Pavilion allows for the expansion to 37 rooms (an increase from 29) and will enhance the delivery of efficient and patient-centered care, improving patient flow, reducing time and maximizing patient comfort for the growing patient population that uses Lincoln as its hospital of choice for primary care.
Upon occupancy of the new Ambulatory Care Pavilion, work will begin on the existing emergency room, built in 1972, to create an expanded Emergency Department, featuring the latest cutting-edge technology. The space reconfiguration will provide additional treatment space to accommodate the more than 145,000 patients that visit the busiest emergency department in New York City. In addition, this ambitious renovation project will provide improved patient privacy and comfortable amenities in patient care areas and public spaces, including a children's play area, comfortable waiting rooms and bathroom facilities.
Once completed, the Emergency Department expansion design will provide an ample walk-in entrance for patients, a private vehicle drop-off and a separate area for ambulance traffic.
Present at the ribbon cutting ceremony, Alan D. Aviles, President and CEO of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, noted: “Building 21st century medical centers to serve future generations of New Yorkers has been a major priority for the City of New York.” He added, “Investing in infrastructure modernization brings critical resources to our patient population, maximizing quality health care delivery in the environment of comfort and dignity that all patients deserve.”
“I am delighted that we are doing our part in uplifting the Downtown Bronx by building a new wing that reflects the level of expertise, dedication, energy and talent that is found within the walls of this great institution,” said José R. Sánchez, Lincoln Hospital
Executive Director and Generations/Northern Manhattan Health Network Sr. Vice President. “The new Ambulatory Care Pavilion and the projected expansion of the Emergency Department highlight our commitment to bring a new level of healthcare service to this community.”
Lincoln's new Annex was designed by Perkins Eastman Architects and managed by the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center's Office of Facilities Management.
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center is a leader in health care, renowned for trauma medicine, its Centers of Excellence and leading edge technology, provided in a patient-centered environment. Its internationally recognized Centers of Excellence include its Designated Level 1 Trauma Center-considered one of the premier and busiest trauma centers in the country-designated Stroke Center, State-designated AIDS Center, Asthma and TB Services, Diabetes Education and Management Program and Radiation Oncology Program.