New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital—the borough's only hospital south of 14th Street—is getting a $23 million face-lift.
It plans to upgrade the area where patients register for and recover from surgeries in its eight operating rooms. The renovations should improve patient flow, streamline the presurgical testing and registration process, and increase patient and staff satisfaction, said Robert Guimento, the hospital's chief operating officer.
Completing the project in phases so the operating rooms can keep running during construction makes the project more expensive, said Steve Herrmann, vice president of operations.
Lower Manhattan has been the only hospital serving downtown Manhattan since St. Vincent's Hospital closed in 2010. Three years later NYP acquired the facility, which had suffered significant financial losses. Lower Manhattan's relationship with NYP dates back to 2006, when NYP added the facility to its network but kept it as a separate corporate entity. NYP is now a 10-hospital system with more than $7.4 billion in annual revenue.
"We play a robust community-hospital role down here," Guimento said. The 180-bed facility has a busy emergency room and is a state Department of Health–designated stroke center. In the past few years, with help from NYP's deep coffers, Lower Manhattan has renovated its lobby, added more single-bed patient rooms and created a natural-birthing center.
Weill Cornell Medical Center, Lower Manhattan's affiliate, has also expanded downtown, adding a practice at 156 William St.
The hospital stands to benefit from an influx of new residents flocking to the area, which spans the neighborhoods from City Hall to the Battery. The population in that area has nearly tripled to 61,000 from 22,700 in 2000, according to statistics from the New York Downtown Alliance and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
"The population down here is growing. It's fairly young, and the schools around us are filling up," Guimento said. "We are focused on being efficient in terms of throughput for patients."
The hospital also serves the surge of workers who flood into lower Manhattan during business hours. Private-sector employment in the area has largely recovered since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, totaling 228,300 in 2015, DiNapoli said.
Lower Manhattan will take on an even larger role as Mount Sinai Beth Israel reduces its bed count from 799 to 220. It will open a hospital with 70 beds and keep open 150 behavioral health beds on the Beth Israel campus. Mount Sinai officials have downplayed the significance of the bed reduction, explaining that only 450 beds are typically in use at Beth Israel on a daily basis.
"We've spent an enormous amount of energy on patient flow because the number of beds we have are what they are," said Herrmann.
"Lower Manhattan Hospital plans $23M renovation" originally appeared in Crain's New York Business.