HSS continually strives to provide unsurpassed care in our specialty areas. The ongoing modernization and expansion of the Hospital’s campus allows us to sustain excellence in musculoskeletal care while meeting the growing demand for our services.
In the main Hospital building:
New patient are unit with centrally-located nursing station.
On East 72nd Street:
On East 75th Street:
As part of our continuing commitment to patient care and an increasing demand for our services, two years ago HSS embarked on a major expansion and renovation project to add a three-floor 62,000 square foot addition to the east wing of its main hospital building.
The project, which started in November 2009, will be completed and occupied in August/September of this year at an approximate cost of $69 million.
The tricky challenge - building over the FDR Drive along the East River, on an extremely tight narrow site and with a hospital that continues to be fully operational below the construction - makes for a level of difficulty above and beyond most projects.
The new floors, 9 through 11, will accommodate two additional inpatient bed units, as well as new and expanded space for the Pharmacy Department. There will also be a 12th floor equipment room.
A highlight, which is scheduled to open in September, will be the “CA Technologies Rehabilitation Center,” an expanded outpatient pediatric rehabilitation complex that will occupy over 7,000 square feet - more than double the space of the current facility.
The Rehabilitation Center will include a physical therapy gym for children and adolescents; dedicated therapy rooms for developing babies’ and children’s fine motor skills; a suite of rooms for speech therapy; an occupational therapy gym with a dedicated room for sensory integration therapy that facilitates movement in space, such as climbing and swinging; an equipment clinic that specializes in wheelchair and mobility needs; a special cardiovascular fitness equipment to help children with impaired mobility develop endurance; and recreational toys and virtual reality software for physically challenged children to improve balancing skills.
Special Surgery is one of the only hospitals in the country that offers a full range of pediatric orthopedic rehabilitation services for children with complex orthopedic conditions. The facility will enable HSS to continue to meet the special needs of the more than 17,000 pediatric rehabilitation patient visits each year.
The CA Technologies Rehabilitation Center will be part of the planned Children’s Pavilion at Hospital for Special Surgery, which is scheduled to open in 2012.
During the month of December, curtain wall installation, interior framing, and roofing were near completion. Electrical work continued, and interior painting commenced.
The Driveway and main Hospital entrance will be closed at various intervals for driveway renovations and improvements.
During the month of July, sheetrock installation commenced; plumbing and HVAC work continued; and electrical work was 50 percent completed.
The Driveway and main Hospital entrance will be closed from 9pm Friday, to 4am Monday each weekend over the summner for driveway renovations and improvements.
The driveway will be closed every weekend for the next 3 1/2 months. (June 11 through September 30). On the weekdays, the construction will be done in phases and the driveway will remain open.
During the month of May, HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) work commenced; interior framing, plumbing and electrical work continued; and roof construction was near completion.
In April, the HSS driveway will undergo a major facelift and renovation. This project will provide improved lighting; upgraded materials on the driveway and sidewalks; and new signage.
The project is scheduled to be completed at the end of September. The outside entrance will have the look and feel of our newly expanded and renovated main lobby. This project will be done in phases and will require periodic closing of the driveway on weekends and overnight.
A more detailed schedule will be published over the next few weeks.
During the month of February:
The project continues on schedule and on budget.
During the month of January:
The project continues on schedule and on budget.
During the month of December, structural steel erection continued. The rooftop crane was removed and a street-crane on 70th Street was assembled for the balance of the steel erection. The pouring of concrete took place to complete the 11th and 12th floor slabs. The project continues on schedule and on budget.
HSS held a "topping-out" event Thursday, Oct. 15, for the expansion project to celebrate adding three new floors atop the main hospital building. Hospital executives, trustees, physicians, staff, and representatives from neighboring institutions attended the ceremony.
Also, to commemorate the project, attendees signed a construction beam before its permanent placement.
From left, Louis Shapiro, Connie Margolin, Stacey Malakoff, Barrie Damson, Charlton Reynders, Marylin Levitt, Kendrik Wilson II, Dean O'Hare, and Aldo Papone sign the beam
During the month of November, with structural steel being completed, the pouring of concrete began. If you look up, you should still be able to see the white ceremonial beam in place that was signed during the topping-out event. The project continues on schedule and on budget.
Patients are seeking Special Surgery’s services in record numbers, with a rise of more than 60% in the past decade. So far in 2009 there has been an increase of almost 10% inpatient admissions when compared to the same time period last year. To meet this demand and continue to provide world-class care, Special Surgery embarked on a plan to create more operating rooms; more patient rooms; and better access to ancillary services.
Thanks to the generosity of our dedicated Board, medical staff, grateful patients and friends, Building on Success: The Campaign for the Future of HSS has enabled us to embark on the next critical phase in the expansion of our facilities. This summer, the building expansion kicked off with three new floors over the East Wing. The goal is to expand without interruption to patient care.
"This is an exciting time for Hospital for Special Surgery with changes in many different areas to better accommodate patients and their families," said Louis A. Shapiro, President and CEO. "The construction project is vital to our ability to continue to provide the first rate patient care for which HSS is so well known," he continued.
A new ninth floor will serve as the home for HSS's renowned pediatric rehabilitation department. Features will include a large physical therapy gymnasium that will overlook the East River and facilities for occupational, fine motor skills, sensory integration, and speech therapies. Another feature of the ninth floor will be a relocated and enlarged Hospital pharmacy.
Plans for the Hospital's new tenth and eleventh floors include the addition of an inpatient unit, which will include private rooms as well as rooms designed to accommodate two patients. These units will provide patients with the best possible environment by locating the patient rooms around a central staff/support core and providing each room with river-oriented views.
Approximately 80% of Americans aged 65 and older suffer from a chronic condition, such as arthritis, that imposes limitations on their day-to-day lives. This segment of the population is rapidly growing, and will represent nearly 20% of the total U.S. population by 2030.
"The additional space will allow HSS to stay ahead of the curve and will ensure that the patient experience is an even better one," said Lisa Goldstein, Chief Operating Officer.
Additional important renovations to enhance the patient experience are continuing throughout the Hospital to complement the major construction.
Read the news archives about our expansion on our Building for the Future: News Archives page.