North Shore LIJ Health System begins construction on women's hospital

Construction has begun on a $300 million hospital at the Long-Island Jewish Medical Center campus in Queens, NY, which will focus on women's healthcare services.

Katz Women's Hospital will be part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the nation's third-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system.

The project was made possible by the support of Saul Katz, chairman of North Shore-LIJ Health System. The structure will be an 88 private-room facility equipped with amenities to accommodate both patients and family members, and a range of maternity and women's health services. The project is scheduled for completion in 2011.

North Shore-LIJ Health System's North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY, has also begun construction on a 73-private-room facility, which is scheduled for completion in 2010.

Under the banner of the Katz Women's Hospital, both LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital will continue to deliver a full range of obstetrical and gynecologic services.

"Whether women go to North Shore or LIJ to have their babies or receive other women's health services, the Katz Hospitals on both campuses will have the same look and feel," said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. "Both will reflect our commitment to family-centered care, and both will become synonymous with service, comfort and elegance."

The LIJ and North Shore projects will create an estimated 240 construction jobs, and approximately 75 new positions at the two hospitals once construction is completed.

"It's a proud moment for us, as we take this bold first step toward creating a hospital that will devote itself to the full spectrum of women's health issues," said Katz.

"It has long been clear that women have unique needs when it comes to healthcare. The North Shore-LIJ Health System has always recognized this fact, and now the time has come to direct even more attention and resources to meet these needs."

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