In 1911, Maimonides began as a small dispensary serving the poor and needy residents of its Brooklyn community, and over the next 100 years, grew into a 705-bed, world-class medical center. As we move into our second century of service, we continue to upgrade our facilities with the latest technology to ensure our commitment of providing high-quality, compassionate health care to the diverse populations of Brooklyn.
Breast Cancer Center – Heart & Vascular Center – Lobby Renovation – Center for Clinical Simulation
Maimonides Breast Cancer Center
A new facility dedicated solely to breast cancer recently opened in the fall of 2011. Located on 64th Street just around the corner from the Maimonides Cancer Center, the facility houses nearly all treatments and medical services related to patient care including:
Artist's Rendering of the Breast Cancer Center Lobby
- State-of-the-art clinical environment with seamless integration of all clinical services – particularly breast imaging and breast surgical oncology
- The most advanced Hologic Selenia digital mammography and breast imaging system
- Skyra 3T MRI - provides the highest level of imaging/ diagnostic and will be used to perform approximately 300 MRI’s per year
- Sonography and biopsy diagnostic capabilities
- Advanced surgical procedure suite
- Breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) –BSGI utilizes technology that captures the actual cellular function of breast tissue
- Comfortable and well-appointed changing rooms
- Family consultation rooms appointed as non-clinical ‘living rooms’
- Warm, non-clinical reception areas
- Private waiting areas for patients undergoing mammograms
- State-of-the-art exam rooms
Heart & Vascular Center
Through 2012, the Maimonides Heart & Vascular Center will complete a series of renovations and expansions. Two such project include:
- Renovation of the Critical Care Unit (CCU), a unit in which patients who require frequent observations and specialized intensive care nursing are monitored. The renovation project will create a discrete, quiet, restful area – crucial to a patient’s care and recovery.
- Creation of a Hybrid Operating Room, which combines all of the usual operating room capabilities with state of-the-art imaging technology. This intense form of imaging is essential will improve the overall quality of care for all of our patients by allowing surgeons to operate in the most effective manner during the most complicated surgeries.
Maimonides is in the process of renovating its lobby renovation, which, when complete, will include a brand new main entrance that will welcome all and promise the highest quality of care to the community. The plans for the new lobby include removing the building’s first floor façade to create a wall of windows along Tenth Avenue and around to 49th Street. New lighting, seating and multi-lingual signage will create a more welcoming and easy-to-navigate space almost four times as large as our existing lobby, and which will surround an interior courtyard. This interior space will have with plantings and a community-inspired sculpture by artist Jean Shin.
Center for Clinical Simulation
A long-term commitment to investing in new technology and pioneering advances in health care led us to decide, in 2009, that the time was right to build on earlier, small-scale investments made in the area of simulation training by the Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynecology to upgrade our current simulation capabilities. The result was the creation of a unified, multi-purpose, state-of-the-art simulation center sufficiently flexible to serve a wide range of caregivers. The Center will be located on the fourth floor of the Research Building and, when completed in the fall, will include:
- A reconfigurable room with high-fidelity, computerized mannequins and sophisticated monitoring equipment that can function as an operating, recovery or labor-and-delivery room. It will be used to teach early identification of critical disease states, pre-code scenarios, and team approaches to managing illness.
- An emergency/intensive care room with high-fidelity adult and pediatric mannequins to practice identification and management of severe illness, as well as to train all levels of staff on interdisciplinary team skills in crisis situation – skills that are critical to patient safety.
- A simulated patient room with a high-fidelity mannequin to train physicians and nurses to identify signs of severe distress with limited monitoring equipment.
- A multi-purpose room housing a large array of partial task trainers, including laparoscopy machines, endoscopy and cardiac catheterization trainers, and “tissue phantoms” for practicing ultrasound techniques.