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More Space to Help More Kids

At Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC), patient and family centered care remains at the core of our mission. Excellent care and superb service are hallmarks of our pediatric hospital. We treat more than 170,000 children per year, from the smallest babies to the most complex traumas. CCMC is the largest pediatric teaching hospital in the metropolitan region, which enables us to provide the most innovative therapies and procedures available.

We have recently expanded to meet the growing demand for our services. The $130 million Cohen Pavilion is now open, boasting the region’s largest Emergency Department (ED) that caters to the youngest patients with 50 additional beds and cements the hospital’s standing as the region’s leading provider of children’s health services. The pavilion is a direct answer to the community’s needs, since it is one of only two pediatric trauma centers in the New York region, and emergency visits have jumped to 60,000-plus annually (an increase of more than 20 percent in the past five years).

Expanded Care for Emergencies

The six-story, 120,000-square-foot pavilion doubles the size of Cohen Children’s Emergency Department to 30 beds and two trauma bays, and increases the capacity of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to 37. The new facility also offers a computed tomography (CT) scanner with the lowest possible radiation dose, a kids-only pharmacy and 25 new medical/surgical beds. The expansion increases the hospital’s total capacity to almost 200 beds.

Helping Children Feel at Home

The increased capacity of the ED and PICU will dramatically impact the delivery of pediatric care in the community. Since bringing a child to the ED or PICU is a traumatic experience for parents as well as their children, architects took care to incorporate welcoming, soothing elements into the facility to help ease anxiety.

For example, the new PICU boasts a forest design with custom floor patterns, mosaic murals of wildlife and unique staff stations. A mountain ecosystem theme runs throughout the expanded medical/surgical unit, where tracks of mountain animals crisscross the floor to encourage discovery and play.

Each patient room is private and includes an area for parents. Patients can enjoy their own TVs and gaming systems, and parents can rest on a sleeper sofa or watch a separate TV. Every unit offers showers, free Wi-Fi, a parent/family lounge and a dedicated patients’ playroom.

This contemporary facility would not have been possible without the generosity and vision of Steven and Alexandra Cohen, who have enjoyed a 17-year relationship with the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Prior to the $50 million gift that led to the renaming of the hospital in March 2010, the Cohen Foundation donated $7 million to North Shore-LIJ to build a new ambulatory pediatric chemotherapy unit and to endow the Philip Lanzkowsky, MD, Professorship in Pediatrics at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Lanzkowsky, the original executive director at the hospital’s 1983 founding, was one of more than 200 supporters to attend the dedication of the new facility.

This story originally appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of North Shore-LIJ Health System's Vitality magazine. Read the latest issue of Vitality or subscribe to the print edition.


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