September 5, 2008

Long Island’s Stony Brook Completes First Phase of $300M Hospital Expansion

By Claude Solnik

Stony Brook University Medical Center on Thursday celebrated the completion of the first phase of its $300 million hospital revitalization project with a ribbon cutting ushering in what school and hospital officials described as a new era for the institution.

The project, which began in 2002, includes 154,000 square feet of new construction and 48,000 square feet of renovation of the 28- year-old facility.

Stony Brook University President Shirley Strum Kenny dubbed the moment "an historic occasion" allowing for "better and more comforting care."

The revamp includes a new wing housing the Woman and Infants Center, an expanded emergency department and 10 new operating rooms, bringing the hospital's total to 24. The project also included construction of a new hospital lobby and additional pharmacy space.

On the the same day, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Center broke ground on a 10-story facility at Long Island Jewish Medical Center to include a women's hospital, housing 88 private rooms for mothers, parents and family members. That project is slated to be completed in 2011.

Stony Brook, a 540-bed facility employing 5,100, is the largest hospital in Suffolk County.

Originally published by Claude Solnik.

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