Cohen Children’s Medical Center opens new $110 million operating complex


Cohen Children’s Medical Center has opened a new $110 million pediatric surgery center that combines high-tech equipment with features meant to calm the nerves of young patients.

The new Damaghi Family Pediatric Surgical Operating Complex will offer general surgery as well as cardiothoracic, neurological and orthopedic procedures at New Hyde Park Hospital, the state’s largest provider of pediatric medical care and largest center level 1 pediatric trauma.

The 24,000-square-foot complex’s eight operating theaters feature large, colorful artwork intended to “create a non-intimidating environment,” New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health said in a statement. Patients can watch videos or listen to music before procedures, and surgical instruments that might seem scary are kept out of sight when young patients first enter the room, Northwell said.

The “surgical and cosmetic needs” of children, from preemies to adolescents, “are absolutely unique and quite different from those of adults,” said Dr. Charles Schleien, senior vice president and president of pediatric services at Northwell Health, in a statement. communicated. .

Each 600 square foot operating theater features shadow-free lighting and four 50-inch monitors that can display 3D renderings and magnified views of surgical procedures as well as patient vital sign readings.

The hospital’s five-story Blumenfeld Family Pavilion complex also includes the new Gertrude and Louis Feil Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, with 27 recovery bays and a medical playroom for children before and after surgery.

More than 8,000 patients undergo medical procedures at Cohen Children’s each year, the health system said. Before the resort opened, surgeries took place in operating rooms shared with the nearby Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The facility should reduce surgical wait times and help recruit medical staff, Northwell said.

Construction of the complex was funded in part by donations from First Quality Enterprises, a paper goods manufacturing company in Great Neck founded by the Damaghi family, and by the Damaghi, Blumenfeld and Feil families, Northwell said.

Dr. Jose Prince, chief surgeon at Cohen Children’s, said in a statement that the complex “is where we as surgeons work to save and protect the dreams of our patients and their families as we teach surgery to the next generation of pediatric surgeons. ”


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