By GREGORY ZELLER //
A half-billion-dollar investment is transforming Southside Hospital, a longtime Bay Shore healthcare stalwart, into a modern campus worthy of its Suffolk County responsibilities.
So says Northwell Health, which this week updated its five-year, $500 million renovation plan for Southside – first opened in 1913, part of the Northwell system since 2005 and about to rocket into the 21st century as South Shore University Hospital.
The rebranding becomes official in January; the hefty investments have begun, with work already underway on a $71 million Women & Infants Center – a two-story, 45,560-square-foot “hospital-within-a-hospital” slated to be ready by the end of 2022.
When it is, the center will include a 16-bay neonatal intensive care unit, four Caesarean section rooms and 29 private post-delivery rooms for mother, baby and loved ones, according to Northwell Health, which is also developing plans for a new, $441 million pavilion stocked with state-of-the-art operating theaters and private inpatient rooms.
And all that on top of millions in infrastructure, technology and clinical upgrades the New Hyde Park-based health system has made at the Bay Shore hospital over the last decade. Among the prior improvements: a cardiac surgery program that’s earned impressive reviews from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Long Island’s first American College of Surgeons-verified Level II trauma center, a Federal Aviation Administration-approved helipad and the renovated and expanded Bohlsen Family Emergency Department, capable of accommodating 100,000-plus annual patients.
Now comes the SSUH rebranding – “a platform to tell the hospital’s story in a way that’s unencumbered by perceptions of the distant past,” noted registered nurse and Southside Hospital Executive Director Donna Moravick – and the innovative, intuitive Women & Infants Center, heralding the next era of what Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling called the powerful health system’s “flagship hospital in Suffolk County.”
“We are proud of what South Shore University Hospital has become and remain steadfast in our commitment to continue its growth and expansion,” Dowling said Wednesday. “[As] our major trauma center in Suffolk County, South Shore University Hospital provides critical services to the region.”