Zucker Hillside Hospital today celebrated the opening of a new 130,000-square-foot, $120 million inpatient pavilion. Constructed with the generous support of North Shore-LIJ Health System trustees Donald and Barbara Zucker and other donors, the 130,000-square-foot building will consolidate outdated living quarters dispersed across the psychiatric facility's campus, significantly improving the coordination of services and treatment along the continuum of care.
The new two-story pavilion has three adult units totaling 56 beds for adults suffering from depression, mood and affective disorders, and substance abuse, a 21-bed adolescent unit, and two geriatric units totaling 38 beds designated for clients with Alzheimer's disease, related dementias and associated psychiatric disorders. The new pavilion also features a state-of-the-art Electroconvulsive Therapy Suite, which has proven highly successful in treating depression and other psychiatric disorders.
This modern, patient-centered facility is surrounded by a tranquil and sprawling environment that preserves the unique history of the Zucker Hillside campus, located on the grounds of Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center in Glen Oaks, NY. The building has been designed so that each unit radiates from a central rotunda with spaces for informal gatherings. Patient rooms are private or semi-private -- a welcome change from the outdated cottages and other living quarters for inpatients. Dining and recreation areas have been designed to encourage a sense of well-being, security and relaxation.
"There have been many milestones in the 85-year history of Zucker Hillside Hospital, but the opening of this 115-bed inpatient pavilion represents a transformation on a grand scale, not only in terms of the physical infrastructure, but in our ability to provide a full continuum of care to our behavioral health clients," said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
John Kane, MD, chair of psychology at Zucker Hillside Hospital, said behavioral health disorders affect nearly half of the population during the course of a lifetime and account for more disability and missed days of work than any other illness. Updating the facilities at Zucker Hillside enables the hospital to meet the needs of this often-overlooked patient population and enhance its reputation as a premier center for behavioral healthcare in the New York metropolitan area.
"Psychiatric illness and addiction cause heartache and alter lives," Dr. Kane said. "Their devastating impact scars families for generations. This new pavilion will help us treat these disorders to change that, healing families and returning people to society's mainstream."