By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined Hofstra University officials this week to unveil their new, expanded, state-of-the-art School of Medicine – an ultramodern 63,000-square-foot addition that has earned full accreditation.
The new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine signaled the start of a new era as the new charter class prepares to graduate this spring.
The new building features a soaring, sun-filled atrium and state-of-the-art facilities, including a 7,300-square-foot structural anatomy lab. It more than doubles the size of the medical school.
“The County welcomes Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s expansion which will provide educational and employment opportunities for Nassau’s growing health care economy,” Mangano said. “Having two fine institutions partner together to make this day a reality is a recipe for future success for our young people, the health care system and our local economy.”
Full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which accredits all medical schools in the United States and Canada, means Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and its innovative approach to medical education meets strict national standards for structure, function and performance.
This week’s announcement is the culmination of a process that began more than seven years ago – in October 2007 – when Hofstra University and North Shore-LIJ Health System announced plans to partner and open the first allopathic medical school in New York State in more than 40 years.
The original medical school building, formerly the home of the New York Jets training facility, opened in 2010. Construction of the new, two-story addition began in June 2013.
The estimated cost of the project is $35.9 million, $14.5 million of which was provided through $25 million in New York State Economic State Development Corporation grants secured by Hofstra University in 2008.
The grants were sponsored by the New York State Senate delegation, led by Majority Leader Dean Skelos and State Senator Kemp Hannon. A portion of the 2008 grants was used to renovate the original medical school facility. The $21.4 million balance for the new building was financed through bonds issued by the Town of Hempstead Local Development Corporation.
The original medical school facility houses 16 flexible learning areas, a 108-seat lecture hall called a Medical Education Theater, a health sciences library, a structure lab and a full-service café. Highlights of the new building include:
• A theater/lecture hall for more than 240 people
• An expanded structure lab that can accommodate more than 125 people
• A new student lounge, with dining areas, work stations and entertainment, will replace the structure lab in the original building
• A single, two-story entry-way with a 4,800-square-foot atrium and a grand staircase connecting the new and old buildings
• A new Dean’s suite with a large formal conference room
• Offices for approximately 44 faculty and administrative staff
• Twelve small group study rooms, each accommodating eight to 10 students
• Large group areas for more than 100 people that can be split into three separate classrooms
• New exterior landscaping, outdoor seating and tables, walkway lighting, half-court basketball and parking for more than 100 vehicles (in addition to current lot with 80-vehicle capacity)
• Designed to meet LEED Silver Rating standards (U.S. Green Building Council)