The New Cohen Pavilion: More Space to Help More Kids


NEW HYDE PARK, NY- The new facility boasts the region’s largest Emergency Department (ED) that caters to the youngest patients with 50 additional beds, cementing the hospital’s standing as the region’s leading provider of children’s health services. The pavilion is a direct answer to the community’s needs, since it is one of only two pediatric trauma centers in the New York region, and emergency visits have jumped to 60,000-plus annually (an increase of more than 20 percent in the past five years).

Expanded Care for Emergencies

The six-story, 120,000-square-foot pavilion doubles the size of Cohen Children’s Emergency Department to 30 beds and two trauma bays, and increases the capacity of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to 37. The new facility also offers a computed tomography (CT) scanner with the lowest possible radiation dose, a kids-only pharmacy and 25 new medical/surgical beds. The expansion increases the hospital’s total capacity to almost 200 beds.

“Alex and I are committed to helping sick children get well and are very pleased that the Cohen Pavilion will help innumerable families and their children heal,” said benefactor Steven Cohen. The hospital was named in honor of Cohen and his wife, Alexandra, in 2010, after their $50 million pledge enabled construction to begin on the facility.

“This pavilion is an exciting new chapter in the 30-year history of what is truly becoming a world-class children’s hospital,” said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

We are a beacon of hope for communities in the New York metropolitan region and beyond,” said Kevin McGeachy, executive director of Cohen Children’s. “Last year alone, more than 100 different hospitals transferred more than 2,500 patients here.”

Helping Children Feel at Home

“The increased capacity of the Emergency Department and PICU will dramatically affect the delivery of pediatric care in the community,” said Charles Schleien, MD, chair of pediatrics. “Obviously, bringing a child to the Emergency Department or PICU is traumatic for parents as well as our patients,” he said, adding that architects took care to incorporate welcoming, soothing elements into the facility to help ease children’s and parents’ anxiety.

For example, the new PICU boasts a forest design with custom floor patterns, mosaic murals of wildlife and unique staff stations. A mountain ecosystem theme runs throughout the expanded medical/surgical unit, where tracks of mountain animals crisscross the floor to encourage discovery and play.

Each patient room is private and includes an area for parents. Patients can enjoy their own TVs and gaming systems, and parents can rest on a sleeper sofa or watch a separate TV. Every unit offers showers, free Wi-Fi, a parent/family lounge and a dedicated patients’ playroom.

This contemporary facility would not have been possible without the generosity and vision of Steven and Alexandra Cohen, who have enjoyed a 17-year relationship with the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Prior to the $50 million gift that led to the renaming of the hospital in March 2010, the Cohen Foundation donated $7 million to North Shore-LIJ to build a new ambulatory pediatric chemotherapy unit and to endow the Philip Lanzkowsky, MD, Professorship in Pediatrics at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Lanzkowsky, the original executive director at the hospital’s 1983 founding, was one of more than 200 supporters to attend the dedication of the new facility

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