BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (October 17, 2007) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Borough President Marty Markowitz, along with Maimonides Medical Center President Pamela Brier and Board Chairman Martin Payson, “cut the ribbon” today on the new nine-story pavilion at Maimonides. More than 400 community and religious leaders, elected officials and staff enjoyed the festivities as Maimonides Medical Center celebrated this milestone in providing outstanding healthcare to the communities it serves.
“As we cut the ribbon on this fantastic nine-story building – a dramatic expansion of the entire hospital – we usher in a new era of patient care for Brooklyn,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Maimonides is truly one of the finest voluntary hospitals in the city, and in recent years it has grown even stronger.”
“This day is about more than the opening of another building at Maimonides,” said Pamela Brier. “It is a celebration of this medical center and the important role it plays in South Brooklyn.”
The New Pavilion at Maimonides is the centerpiece of the $118 million dollar Major Modernization Program begun in 2004, financed and built via federally backed loans from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Green architecture and construction are employed throughout the new pavilion. Recycled and low carbon imprint materials were utilized, and the building is designed to minimize energy consumption and maximize natural light with exterior windows in public corridors.
On the pediatric floor, spacious new rooms are designed to allow parents to stay overnight with their very sick children. On all the new units, nurses will be closer to their patients because, in addition to the traditional central nursing station, there are smaller nursing stations on the floors. Family rooms have been added so that caregivers can have private conversations with their doctors and nurses.
“It has always been a dream of mine that a time would come when residents would not have to leave Brooklyn for state-of-the-art healthcare,” said Borough President Markowitz. “With this brand-new facility at Maimonides, that time is now.”
Ms. Brier pointed out that Maimonides is known both as a major regional medical center and as a community hospital. The breadth of medical care at Maimonides is wide: more babies are delivered at Maimonides than at any other hospital in the state. At the same time, Maimonides serves the oldest patient population of any hospital in the city. More than a quarter of its patients are over the age of 75.
Patients of all ages at Maimonides will benefit by the opening of this new pavilion. Each clinical service is significantly impacted:
- Emergency Department: 40% more space overall, with four additional trauma/cardiac treatment spaces, 64-slice CT scanner, and a separate Pediatric ER
- Obstetrics: new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, four times its previous size, now immediately adjacent to Labor & Delivery; all maternity rooms will have showers
- Infants & Children’s Hospital: increased inpatient capacity is accompanied by aquatic theme, developed in conjunction with the New York Aquarium Medicine: the 18-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit is relocated to an expanded unit in new pavilion
- Cardiac Institute: expanded overall capacity, including fourth Catheterization Laboratory, and contiguous units for continuum of care
- Surgery: new fully-integrated Operating Rooms, allowing immediate access to all imaging, and facilitating physician teleconferencing; each OR is 50% larger than previously; Surgical Intensive Care Unit now on same floor as ORs for continuum of care; total ORs will go from 9 to 12; Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (Recovery Room) expanded “We hope that this new building will build on Maimonides' growing reputation as the hospital of choice for all those who live in and visit the Borough of Brooklyn,” said Ms. Brier.
Sheldon Silver summed it up: “Maimonides has made a name that goes well beyond this neighborhood – and well beyond Brooklyn – for the great work that it does in terms of delivering quality healthcare.”
Elected Officials in Attendance:
Assembly Member Peter Abbate
Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny
Assembly Member Steve Cymbrowitz
Assembly Member Dov Hinkind
Assembly Member Janele Hyer-Spencer
Senator Marty Golden
Senator Eric Adams
Councilmember Bill deBlasio
Councilmember Vincent Gentile
Councilmember Kendall Stewart
Councilmember Simcha Felder
Councilmember Darelene Mealy
Councilmember Matthew Eugene
Councilmember Mike Nelson