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Winthrop Receives Grant To Support New Research Institute

Regional Economic Development Council approves monies to help fund obesity center

Winthrop-University Hospital announced that it has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Regional Economic Development Council to support the construction of its brand new, 94,000 sq. ft. research Institute, already under construction at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street in Mineola. Groundbreaking took place several weeks ago and the construction is already underway.

The new, ultra modern research $60 million institute will consolidate clinical and bench research for all of Winthrop’s ongoing research initiatives. In addition to research on diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, Winthrop’s research institute will focus on 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 new facility will bring all the hospitals researchers together in a translational atmosphere that will foster collaboration, dialog, and the cross-fertilization of ideas.

In addition, the new building 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 the students, medical training facilities, and a simulation lab, which utilizes lifelike robotic mannequins to aid in the training of clinicians. Lastly, there will be a large 400-seat amphitheater that will function as both a lecture hall for students and a venue for larger community education events sponsored by the hospital.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this award,” said John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. “It will be a significant contribution to the very large cost – over $80 million – that the hospital will incur to move ahead with this initiative. It will help truly important research on a variety of major health issues, and also help us further our mission as a major academic medical facility striving to provide first class, state-of-the-art medical care to the communities we serve. Also, this will help support jobs on Long Island and enhance the economic vitality of the entire region.”

Mr. Collins thanked the council and regional co-chairs Stuart Rabinowitz and Kevin Law, Senator Jack Martins and the Village of Mineola.

Mineola approved the project in July 2011. The facility would be built where the current hospital’s outreach center stands. Also on the site is a former poison control center and additional offices associated with the hospital as well as the former La Cisterna restaurant.

The center would be absorbed into this current facility, where programs could be held. Hospital representatives estimated a construction completion two years after breaking ground.

The building shouldn’t exceed 78-feet in height. Approximately 18 buildings in the area exceed this height with 15 located in Mineola and three in Garden City. This total includes the yet-built Winston Manor residential complex on Old Country Road between Main Street and Willis Avenue.

Hospital officials said the primary focus of the facility would be concentrated on obesity and diabetes, two major issues in the state and the nation. Winthrop had recently been nationally recognized in its research in adult and pediatric diabetes.

The completion of the Winthrop Research Institute is scheduled for 2015. It is expected to generate approximately 500 construction trade-related jobs over the projected 24-month duration. At the outset, an additional 45 permanent positions will be added.

In addition to funding for the Winthrop Research Institute, Winthrop received additional funding from the Regional Economic Development Council, including $77,939 for telemetry competency training and $22,061 for health information management training.

Winthrop is a 591-bed teaching hospital located on Long Island in Mineola.

A major regional health care resource, the hospital offers a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services delivered by an outstanding medical staff, using the most sophisticated medical technology available. The hospital also features extensive medical education and research programs and serves as the regional clinical campus for Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Winthrop has earned many prestigious accreditations, including designations as a New York State (NYS) Stroke Center, NYS Regional Perinatal Center and Regional Trauma Center, and is known across New York State for its excellent outcomes in interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery. Winthrop is also home to the New York Metro area’s first CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center.

 

—Rich Forestano contributed 

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