HSS is the world's leading academic medical center dedicated to musculoskeletal health, ranked No. 1 in orthopedics worldwide by Newsweek, and No. 1 in orthopedics in the United States for the past 11 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.
To continue to meet growing demand for our unmatched care, HSS is investing in new facilities and enhancement to our Upper East Side campus, as well as in beautifying the neighborhood. At the heart of this plan is construction of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Tower (rendering above). Rising 12 stories over the FDR Drive, this new, 94,000-square-foot clinical building will adjoin our current Main Hospital facility. The tower is made possible with more than $130 million in early philanthropic support from HSS donors, including a lead gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.
Aerial view of the planned expansion.
The HSS Kellen Tower will expand care for joint replacement and spine conditions with three private inpatient floors, physician offices and exam rooms, and on-site imaging to support our high-quality musculoskeletal care. The added capacity created by these new inpatient units and renovation of recovery floors in the main hospital will allow HSS to convert from 30 to 70 percent private patient rooms across the main campus, an institutional priority underscored by the pandemic and necessary to optimizing the healing environment for our patients.
Included in the plan for the HSS Kellen Tower construction and as part of our commitment to the community, HSS is making critically needed improvements to the East River Esplanade from 72nd to 78th Streets. This work will reflect the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s master plan for the Esplanade, and builds on our previous investment of $1.8 million to renovate the Esplanade from 70th to 72nd Streets in 2018.
HSS worked in collaboration with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Council Member Ben Kallos, and other community leaders to renovate the East River Esplanade from 70th to 72nd Streets in 2018.
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