STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — With a multimillion-dollar infusion of public and private monies, the South Shore campus of Staten Island University Hospital will get a much-needed facelift, officials there announced yesterday, including retrofitting patient rooms in the 206-bed Prince’s Bay facility and the addition of equipment.
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Cesar Claro of the Richmond County Savings Foundation, City Councilman Vincent Ignizio and CEO Anthony Ferreri display artist's conception of new and improved Staten Island University Hospital, Prince's Bay.
Construction, expected to take a year, will begin in the fall, said Anthony C. Ferreri, University Hospital’s president and CEO.
"While so much attention is given to the North Shore," said Ferreri of the larger, newer SIUH site in Ocean Breeze, "we want you to know that in the forgotten borough, we have not forgotten the South Shore campus."
He said the renovations are necessary to "escalate the quality of care" for the borough’s fastest-growing communities.
And alluding to past rumors that the site might close, Ferreri added: "We are fully committed to the South Shore people. This hospital will remain open forever."
The $4.5 million makeover is being funded with $1.5 million each from Councilman Vincent Ignizio, who is allocating capital budget monies, the Richmond County Savings Foundation and SIUH itself.
"This is our community hospital," said Ignizio (R-South Shore) during a press conference in the hospital lobby. "The taxpayers I represent want it. They want an investment in their community and in their community hospital. They are giving their tax dollars to their hospital for the overall improvement of their health care."
Rooms that now hold three patients will be reconfigured to accommodate one or two patients, making the surroundings more comfortable for those receiving medical care and those visiting, said Ferreri.
He said three-patient rooms "will be a thing of the past."
Other renovations include a dedicated 26-bed telemetry or monitoring unit, an update of the existing alcohol rehabilitation unit and enhanced space for geriatric patients who have issues with mobility and confusion, said Dr. Ted Strange, vice president of medical operations for SIUH.
Other components include the purchase of the South Shore site’s first MRI for advanced diagnostic imaging capability, equipment for the radiology department and upgrades to medical and surgical units.
"It’s very exciting," Ferreri told the Advance. "We have such great plans for the South Shore. The care will be the same fine care. The difference is that it will be provided in a better setting."
Richmond County Savings Foundation executive director Ceasar Claro noted the allocation is the second largest the foundation has ever given.