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Tricky Expansion

New York Construction—New York, NY—July 27, 2006

Increasing demand for orthopedic, rheumatologic, and rehabilitative care has led Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan - one of the country’s highest-profile specialty facilities - to embark on a $260 million, multiyear expansion.

First-phase work has started on the additions to the two wings of the main hospital facility on the Upper East Side campus, which also houses a separate research building.

“We have maxed out on our surgical volume, and we continue to grow,” said Ralph Bianco, vice president of operations for the hospital. “We have faced the problem of canceling surgery because we don’t have beds.”

The new plans will include:

  • adding a new 9th floor onto the eastern wing, which will house 30 new hospital beds
  • adding two infill floors and and three new floors onto the western wing
  • a new eight room ambulatory surgery center
  • new elevators in a former stairwell
  • renovations of diagnostic space
  • the addition of two magnetic resonance imaging machines
  • the expansion of the inpatient surgical services area, with more operating rooms  and a 14-bed post-anesthesia recovery area

The hospital has remained in operation throughout the effort, including providing patient care on the floor below the one-story addition to the east wing.

“The construction company is working very closely with us to ensure noise and dust levels are kept to a minimum,” Bianco said.

This article originally appeared in New York Construction magazine.


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