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Hospital Merger Brings Weill Cornell Physicians to Lower Manhattan

On July 1, when New York Downtown Hospital became NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital as a result of a merger, New Yorkers living and working in lower Manhattan gained expanded access to Weill Cornell Medical College's faculty of distinguished physicians.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, the only remaining hospital south of 14th street, is now the sixth campus of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and is affiliated with Weill Cornell — one of the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country. On staff are 140 physicians employed by Weill Cornell who work at the 180-bed acute care community hospital as credentialed members of the medical college faculty, as well as members of the Weill Cornell Physician Organization, Weill Cornell's faculty group practice.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital creates a bridge between Weill Cornell's world-class physicians and academic medical center on the Upper East Side and the 750,000 residents, visitors and corporate employees in downtown Manhattan in need of convenient health care services.

"Weill Cornell is committed to excellence in delivering the finest clinical care to our patients," said Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. "We are excited to work with our partners at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to create a first-class campus that will provide high-quality care."

In the months prior to the merger, Weill Cornell evaluated the health care needs of the community and provided faculty appointments and employment to 70 physicians already on staff and 70 additional recruits. Dozens of additional members of the existing NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital medical staff based in the community were also given Weill Cornell faculty appointments in order to continue to serve the growing population in lower Manhattan.

These Weill Cornell physicians now deliver high-quality care synonymous with that of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's five other campuses, providing primary care and expanded specialty services to their patients. Among the expanded services offered are hearing testing, specialized neurology and neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecological surgery, pediatric emergency care, radiology, pathology, ophthalmology and gastrointestinal medicine and surgery. In addition to care delivered at the hospital, Weill Cornell Physicians opened a multispecialty practice at 156 William Street, located a half block from NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. Weill Cornell Physicians also continue to provide primary care services at 40 Worth Street.

"NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital will strengthen clinical services for downtown New Yorkers, providing them expanded access to Weill Cornell's world-class physicians," said Dr. Michael G. Stewart, vice dean, senior associate dean for clinical affairs, professor and chairman of otolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medical College. "This new campus will deliver high-quality care in their own neighborhood, and enable easier referrals and transfers if needed to our center on the Upper East Side for more advanced health care services."

NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital joins the five other campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division.

Posted July 18, 2013 4:38 PM | Permalink to this post