In Manhasset, a $560M surgical tower is completed

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By Dan Sears

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A $560 million, 288,000-square-foot surgical tower that was years in the making in Manhasset is now completed.

North Shore University Hospital’s Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion was designed to “transform healthcare in the region,” according to a news release on Thursday from Northwell Health. There, services will complement the health system’s cardiac, neurosurgery and transplant programs.

Following a period of intensive staff training in the new surgical tower, patients will relocate to new critical care units, and surgeries are expected to begin later in February.

“This is a proud moment for healthcare in the region,” Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell, said in a written statement.

“The Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion has been part of Northwell Health’s master plan for more than a decade,” he added. “It took guile and determination to see this massive project through to completion. It took the belief of so many town, county and state officials, along with the vision of countless donors, to help make it a reality.”

Dowling went on to “personally thank everyone who made this investment in the health and longevity of New Yorkers possible. It is a true achievement.”

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New York-based Skanska USA broke ground in April 2020 on the capital project, which was made possible, in part, through a significant gift from Attilio and Beverly Petrocelli, who are long-time supporters of the health system.

“Beverly and I feel that giving back to our hospital is one of the best ways we can help our community,” Attilio Petrocelli said in a written statement.  “It is so gratifying to know that this new pavilion will provide lifesaving, exceptional care to so many patients.”

The pavilion will feature 18 operating rooms, including three hybrid rooms with advanced imaging, along with 132 intensive care rooms. Hybrid ORs combine a traditional OR with an image-guided interventional suite, allowing for highly complex, advanced surgical procedures. This project is designed to upgrade and expand the critical care capabilities of the hospital.

The pavilion was designed to “unlock the full potential and resources” of the health system to to provide the most complex care possible to Long Island and New York City residents,” Jon Sendach, executive director of the hospital, said in a written statement.

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“North Shore University Hospital has made tremendous strides from its roots as a small community hospital,” he added. “The North Shore team was already performing at a high level; we were only constrained by space. Now our world-class medical experts have state-of-the-art ORs and ICUs to do even more.”

To build the pavilion, Skanska deployed a series of “innovative and emerging technologies throughout the construction process,” according to Northwell. Skanska incorporated drones with high-resolution cameras and sensors to provide real-time insights into construction progress and site conditions. The firm used 3D modeling and weekly 360-degree image and video capture to better assess progress.

“Skanska has a long history of building health care facilities that better the communities in which we live and work, and we are proud to have collaborated with Northwell to deliver this transformational addition to North Shore University Hospital,” Sean Szatkowski, executive vice president and general manager of Skanska USA Building, said in a written statement.

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Significant donors to the project include Sandra Atlas Bass, Arlene and Arthur Levine, Clifford and Randi Lane, Rahat and S. Zaki Hossain, Pamela and Laurence Tarica, Flora and Frank Lalezarian, Jodi and Robert Rosenthal, Linda and Seth Horowitz of the G. & B. Horowitz Family Foundation, and the Peter & Jeri Dejana Foundation.

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