Southside Hospital — now renamed South Shore University Hospital — is getting some big-time upgrades.
That is thanks to a half a billion-dollar, five-year investment from Northwell Health, the hospital’s parent company.
On Tuesday, South Shore University Hospital administration and staff gathered to present Northwell’s $500-million investment that is part of an ongoing effort to expand services and care to Suffolk County residents.
The latest development in the Bay Shore hospital includes the construction of a newly renovated, two-story $71 million Women and Infants Center, which is set to be completed by the end of 2022.
The center will have four cesarean section rooms and 29 private rooms for women and their babies, as well as their families.
There will be a dedicated entrance for the women’s center, an upgraded, 16-bay neonatal intensive care unit, and recovery areas.
“It is a hospital within a hospital,” said Donna Moravick, executive director of South Shore University Hospital.
According to Benjamin Schwartz, chairman of the hospital’s OB/GYN department, approximately 3,800 babies are delivered at South Shore University Hospital every year, which is 20 percent of New York state and 1 percent of the country’s population annually.
Schwartz said these plans are a “dream come true” and as someone who grew up in Islip, he has seen firsthand the transformation of South Shore University Hospital.
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In addition, the hospital is also developing plans for a $441 million pavilion that will include private inpatient beds and operating rooms.
Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health, said over the past eight months, the hospital and its medical personnel have faced difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, this investment and plans show the hospital’s leadership, resilience, and step in the right direction.
“This is now a preeminent treasury facility, it’s a university hospital and it does justice to what the community desires and deserves.”
“What this represents is progress, this represents is the future, this represents is going forward,” he said. “Just imagine five to ten years from now what this place will look like, what will be here, and what can be achieved from what we have here.”
Below are renderings of the new developments South Shore University Hospital will construct in the next two years.
Top: Exterior of South Shore University Hospital