The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System has announced a $50 million commitment from the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation to support an expansion project at North Shore-LIJ's pediatric hospital in New Hyde Park, New York.
The funds will enable the health system to advance its plans to construct a 100,000-square-foot pavilion in front of the newly renamed Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. The nearly $120 million project has been on hold since December 2008 because of the economic downturn. With construction scheduled to begin this spring and to be completed in 2013, the pavilion will feature the region's first dedicated, stand-alone pediatric emergency center, a twenty-four-bed pediatric intensive care unit, a twenty-five-bed medical-surgical unit, and a state-of-art surgery center that will include six operating rooms for child patients.
The Cohen Foundation previously awarded $7 million to North Shore-LIJ to construct an ambulatory pediatric chemotherapy unit and endow the Philip Lanzkowsky, MD, Professorship in Pediatrics.
"Earning the Cohens' confidence and support is a testament to the progress we have made in advancing pediatric medicine and the reputation of our children's hospital in the New York metropolitan area and nationally," said North Shore-LIJ Health System president and CEO Michael J. Dowling. "We are extremely thankful for the Cohens' extraordinary generosity."