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NYU Langone Details Plans For Essex Crossing Medical Center

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Rendering of Essex Crossing Site 6; Dattner Architects.
Rendering of Essex Crossing Site 6; Dattner Architects.

NYU Langone Medical Center has filed an application with the State Department of Health for approval of its 55,000 square foot ambulatory care facility at Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side.  The news was first reported yesterday by Crain’s.

In January of 2016, Delancey Street Associates, the consortium building the mixed-use project, announced that NYU had signed a 15-year lease for a space at 175 Delancey St. The medical facility, which will be called the Joan H. and Preston Robert Tisch Center, will be located in the same building housing affordable senior rentals and Grand Street Settlement’s senior center.

Details of NYU’s $32.8 million Lower East Side facility were included in a certificate of need application filed with the state March 7. From the executive summary:

NYU Langone Medical Center proposes to open a new Ambulatory Care Center, NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center at Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side of Manhattan (Manhattan Community District 3) that will provide residents of this neighborhood with 21st century care, focused on the provision of care in the outpatient setting. Included in this center are both Article 28 and non-Article 28 programs. NYU Langone Medical Center requests approval from the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) for the Article 28 programs that will be located in this new facility. The NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center at Essex Crossing will include a free-standing multi-specialty Ambulatory Surgery Center consisting of 4 Class C Operating Rooms as well as space dedicated to the provision of Physical Therapy services. It is expected that 2 of the Class C Operating Rooms will be dedicated to General Surgery procedures including ENT, GYN and Endoscopies while the remaining 2 Class C Operating Rooms will be dedicated to Orthopedic Surgery procedures.

In its application, NYU noted space limitations at its Center for Musculoskeletal Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center on 38th Street. It also pointed to “high utilization rates” in the operating rooms at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and the need for more space for physical therapy services.  The institution expects that more than 9,600 physical therapy visits from residents of Community District 3, now being accommodated at existing facilities, will be shifted to Essex Crossing.

NYU plans to situate its physical therapy center on the ground floor of the building. The ambulatory surgery program will be located on the ground floor and in the cellar level. A few administrative offices will be on the second floor. More details from the application:

Patients will enter this site on the ground floor which is located off Delancey Street.  The Physical Therapy Reception and Waiting Room will be accessed directly off the entrance vestibule. The Physical Therapy suite includes an open therapy and exercise area, a private physical therapy room, office, equipment and supply storage, changing rooms, soiled holding room, janitors’ closet, staff lounge, patient and staff toilets. Passing through the entrance vestibule, directly to the left, is the outpatient surgical waiting room which includes a reception desk, patient toilet, and wheelchair storage… The cellar floor of the program includes the pre-operative holding/recovery area containing 14 patient cubicles and one multipurpose Consultation/Examination/Observation /Perioperative holding/ recovery room.

The new facility is expected to open in late 2018.

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