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Friday, October 31, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Announces Significant Progress on Winthrop-University Hospital's Research and Academic Center

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Center Will Provide State of the Art Medical Care, Create Jobs and Spur Growth in the Region


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Winthrop-University Hospital has made significant progress in the construction of its $80 million, 95,000 square foot Research and Academic Center in Mineola. Hospital officials gathered with State and local leaders for a Topping Out ceremony to commemorate the placement of the final structural beam, a major milestone in the completion of the new center. The facility will further Winthrop's mission as a major academic medical facility striving to provide first class, state-of-the-art medical care to Long Island, and also create 45 jobs while helping spur future economic growth in the region.

"Winthrop-University Hospital's new Research and Academic Center is the latest example of how public-private partnerships are helping to build the New, New York," said Governor Cuomo. "Since breaking ground last year, and with the assistance of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, the Research Center has infused $80 million into the Mineola economy, spurring new jobs and attracting new business to the community. This new center will help ensure the future health and well-being of Long Islanders, and the economic vitality of the region."

The new Research and Academic Center will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer''s disease and arthritis. The facility will house classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus, as part of its role as a Clinical campus of the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Space will be devoted to classrooms for students, medical training facilities, and a simulation lab which utilizes lifelike robotic mannequins to aid in the training of clinicians. It will also include a 350-seat amphitheater that will function as both a lecture hall for students and a venue for larger community education events sponsored by the hospital.

"The Research and Academic Center will become an epicenter of wellness care, research and medical study for Nassau County and the region as Winthrop takes on the tough job of confronting how personal habits, nutrition, and the destructive forces of obesity are threatening our future and driving up the costs of healthcare," said John Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop. 

Winthrop-University Hospital''s Research and Academic Center was awarded $1 million through Governor Cuomo's Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC) in 2012 and the project strongly aligns with the Council's strategies to develop innovation and industry clusters in transformative locations across the region – including downtowns, brownfields and university, research and medical centers. The investment by Winthrop and by New York State underscores the growing importance of healthcare as a driver of jobs and technological advancement. 

"New York's educational institutions and health care centers, like Winthrop University Hospital, are crucial economic drivers. This project is a first-class job creator that will help support healthy communities and a healthy economy on Long Island," said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, we are seeing innovative public-private partnerships spur economic growth while building a strong foundation for our economic future."

"It's a great day for Mineola and for Winthrop-University Hospital," said Senator Jack Martins. "At a time when diabetes and obesity are reaching epidemic proportions, this new state-of-the-art research facility will help lead the battle against them while training the next generation of physicians. Thanks to Winthrop for this great facility and the hundreds of construction and post construction research jobs it brings to our community."

"Winthrop University Hospital has long provided top-notch medical care for Long Island families and the new Research and Academic Center will only help to boost what is already a first-class facility and staff," said Assemblyman Ed Ra. "Not only will this center enhance medical care for our residents, but it will place a premium on the innovation and vitality that helps to grow our economy and build stronger communities. I'm pleased by the progress made on this center, look forward to it becoming a bastion of growth and well-being on Long Island and would like to thank both Gov. Cuomo and the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council for their help in making this possible."

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano said, "Winthrop-University Hospital continues to excel in the healthcare industry. Today's announcement marks a significant milestone for Winthrop as this expansion will lead to new medical breakthroughs. In addition, this new center will lead to the creation of new jobs and economic growth for our great county."

Winthrop's new Research and Academic Center is already proving an economic engine in Mineola: a nearby, new high-end apartment building has replaced vacant law offices; a technology incubation company has opened its doors to new high tech pioneers; and new shops and restaurants are locating along Mineola Boulevard to accommodate the new growth and activity that the Research Institute is generating.

"This project brings to fruition key strategies of our collaborative, regional economic development plan as Winthrop-University Hospital's Research and Academic Center will bring new jobs to Long Island and play a critical role in the region's health care sector," said LIREDC Co-chairs Kevin Law, President, Long Island Association and Stuart Rabinowitz, President, Hofstra University. "Today's 'Topping Out' milestone is a great step forward for a leading Long Island health care institution that has a direct impact on its surrounding community and the regional economy. The Long Island Regional Council is proud to support this expansion, which will have a positive impact on local economic development and the health of the communities served."

Founded in 1896 by a group of local physicians and concerned citizens, Long Island's first voluntary hospital is a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. Winthrop successfully blends the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a very personal approach to patient care – an approach that has become the cornerstone of the organization. The Hospital's long-standing academic mission was strengthened in 2011 when Winthrop became a Clinical Campus of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, educating 80 third and fourth-year medical students each year, making Winthrop the only Long Island hospital training students under this model.