Funding Awarded to Local Hospital To Improve Facilities and Increase Efficiency
New York, NY (October 1, 2008) – The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary today announced the receipt of a special New York State grant of $3.2 million to build two new operating rooms and a new urgent care center. “This grant will allow us to provide more New Yorkers with state-of-the-art surgical services as well as increase our capacity to treat eye trauma and other urgent eye, ear-nose-throat conditions,” said D. McWilliams Kessler, president of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary grant is part of a larger $280 million of dedicated capital funds for health care restructuring projects throughout New York State known as HEAL 7 NY, or Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers, announced today by Governor David A. Paterson , who said: “HEAL NY projects support the core of New York’s health care reforms...These awards will help improve access to health care in our cities, towns and villages, and bring smart investments that will cut down on wasteful spending by directing funding to the best solutions for health care in New York State.”
“The closure of 150 inpatient beds at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital as well as the nearby Cabrini Medical Center has increased community needs and demand for New York Eye and Ear Infirmary services,” said Mr. Kessler. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s operating rooms, for example, have seen a 23% increase in procedures over the last few years and are currently booked to capacity.
Two new operating rooms will be in 3,001 square feet of renovated space and will be designed and equipped for use by all three of the hospital’s specialties: Eye; Ear Nose and Throat (ENT); and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Approximately 2,000-2,400 additional cases will be accommodated each year, allowing the hospital to perform some 27,000 surgical procedures annually.
An enhanced Urgent Care Center will expand from 600 to 816 square feet and add a fourth treatment room for Eye and ENT specialties.
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