MANHASSET — Seventy years after North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) first opened its doors, the Level I trauma center and quaternary care teaching hospital has completed the Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion, a decades-long project that will transform health care in the region. The $560 million, 288,000-square-foot tower will complement nationally recognized cardiac, neurosurgery and transplant programs.
This investment by Northwell Health, New York State’s largest health care provider, represents one of the most significant projects of its kind in the New York Metro area and is an affirmation of its commitment to the communities that it serves. About 40 percent of all patients at NSUH come from Queens while another 5 percent travel more than 100 miles to seek care there.
[Photo above: Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling (with scissors) and Trustee Chair Margaret Crotty (right) surrounded by Northwell leaders and members of the Petrocelli family at the dedication of the $560 million Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. (Credit: Northwell Health)]
“This is a proud moment for health care in the region. The Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion has been part of Northwell Health’s master plan for more than a decade,” said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell. “It took guile and determination to see this massive project through to completion. It took the belief of so many Town, County and State officials, along with the vision of countless donors, to help make it a reality. I want to personally thank everyone who made this investment in the health and longevity of New Yorkers possible. It is a true achievement.”
New York-based Skanska USA broke ground on the capital project in April 2020, which was made possible, in part, through a significant gift from Attilio and Beverly Petrocelli. For nearly 30 years, the Kings Point, LI, couple has supported the health system through numerous development projects and programs at NSUH and Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park. In addition to the Petrocellis, other significant donors to the project include Sandra Atlas Bass, Arlene and Arthur Levine, Clifford and Randi Lane, Rahat and S. Zaki Hossain, Pamela and Laurence Tarica, Flora and Frank Lalezarian, Jodi and Robert Rosenthal, Linda and Seth Horowitz of the G. & B. Horowitz Family Foundation, and the Peter & Jeri Dejana Foundation.
“Beverly and I feel that giving back to our hospital is one of the best ways we can help our community,” said Mr. Petrocelli. “It is so gratifying to know that this new pavilion will provide lifesaving, exceptional care to so many patients.”
NSUH, which has 756 licensed beds and treats more than 90,000 patients each year, is home to the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital (SABHH), the Katz Women’s Hospital, neurosurgery, multi-organ transplant services and one of the busiest emergency departments in the region. NSUH is a Magnet-recognized hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which spotlights excellence in nursing. In 2023, CMS gave the hospital its highest 5-star rating while US News & World Report named the hospital No. 1 in New York State and top 22 nationally.
The Petrocelli Pavilion will feature 18 operating rooms (ORs), including three hybrid rooms with advanced imaging, along with 132 intensive care rooms (ICUs). Hybrid ORs combine a traditional OR with an image-guided interventional suite, allowing for highly complex, advanced surgical procedures. This project will upgrade and expand the critical care capabilities of NSUH to ensure ever more exceptional care. Following a period of intensive staff training in the new surgical tower, patients will relocate to new critical care units and surgeries will begin later this month.
“What this surgical tower does is unlock the full potential and resources of New York’s largest health system to provide the most complex care possible to Long Island and New York City residents,” said Jon Sendach, executive director of NSUH and deputy regional executive director of Northwell’s Central Region. “North Shore University Hospital has made tremendous strides from its roots as a small community hospital. The North Shore team was already performing at a high level; we were only constrained by space. Now our world-class medical experts have state-of-the-art ORs and ICUs to do even more.”
The new pavilion will serve as home to the SABHH and feature a concierge entrance for cardiac patients and their families. This cardiac program includes the most experienced heart team in New York, which delivered more cardiac care than any other health system in New York State in 2022 with 660,000 ambulatory visits, 38,000 inpatient discharges, 8,700 coronary interventions, 3,900 thoracic surgeries, 3,300 cardiac surgeries and 2,800 cardiac ablations. SABHH led the way. The cardiac hospital was also named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery by Healthgrades.
“Every known procedure that can be done in cardiac surgery, including heart and lung transplant, is done at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital,” said Alan Hartman, MD, senior vice president and executive director of Cardiothoracic Services at Northwell and the Hartman/Barbash Family Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. “But now, in the Petrocelli Surgical Pavilion, the new home of the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, advanced cardiac procedures will be done in a facility that has the splendor, space and cutting-edge technology that reflects the very procedures this building was built for.”
The Northwell Health Transplant Institute at NSUH features Long Island’s only heart, liver and lung transplant programs. In 2023, it completed its 150th liver transplant since the program first began in 2019 while the heart program celebrated its 100th heart transplant since 2018. Northwell’s transplant program began with kidney in 2007 and added lung in 2022, opening access to thousands of New Yorkers who otherwise would have to go into Manhattan for care.