‘Core’ facility adds depth, Roche tech to lab network

Cut to cure: Northwell Health and NYC Health + Hospital leaders officially open their new Core Lab in Lake Success.

Two decades of steady laboratory-science advances has resulted in 101,000 square feet of unprecedented diagnostic innovation.

Northwell Health and New York City Health + Hospitals this week cut the ribbon on their new $59 million Core Lab, a fully automated diagnostic-testing facility located inside Northwell’s Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success.

Stocked with cutting-edge tech by Roche Diagnostics, the diagnostics division of global healthcare innovator Hoffmann-La Roche, the Core Lab opens under the auspices of the Clinical Laboratory of New York Alliance, formed in 2014 to unite the laboratory systems of Northwell Health and New York City Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public care system.

The Core lab is housed inside a 1.5-million-square-foot former military-industrial complex that served as the first headquarters of the United Nations, from 1946 to 1951. Awaiting its new Manhattan complex, the UN temporarily occupied the headquarters of the Sperry Gyroscope Co., an aerospace firm that had manufactured advanced gyroscopes and aviation systems for World War II military aircraft.

After two years and nearly $60 million in renovations, innovation will thrive in the space once more – this time, as the CLNY Alliance’s key facility and the pulsing heart of a system-wide Northwell Labs network that annually accommodates more than 200,000 surgical specimens and performs more than 30 million analyses.

James Crawford: Outreach advantage.

Calling the Core Lab “the culmination of over 20 years of growth in our laboratory services,” Northwell Health Senior Vice President James Crawford noted current and future benefits for a wide range of patients.

“[It] positions us extremely well for providing high-quality healthcare in the future for patients in both of our health systems and those served through our outreach programming,” said Crawford, the doctor in charge of Northwell’s laboratory services.

Northwell Labs is now “the largest health system-based integrated lab in the Northeast,” according to Northwell Health, which counts the new Core Lab, 23 hospital-based labs, 27 patient centers and 2,100 lab-connected employees among the network’s strengths.

The new facility is the second major laboratory the CLNY Alliance has opened this year.

In February, Northwell Health and NYC Health + Hospitals raised the curtain on a $47.7 million shared laboratory in the Little Neck section of Queens. The 36,000-square-foot, LEED Silver-certified center – which performs molecular diagnostics and other microbiological tests for a range of regional healthcare providers – is the largest nonprofit, hospital-operated lab in the nation, according to Northwell.

The new Core Lab adds even more depth to the neighboring health systems’ combined laboratory might, according to Dwayne Breining, executive director of Northwell Health’s laboratory services.

“We are very excited that the new technology in these labs enables us to more efficiently provide more timely and accurate testing for all of our patients, which leads to better care at a lower cost,” Breining said in a statement.