Attracting physician groups and specialized services can set a facility apart from the competition. To increase hospital recognition in the Manhattan suburbs, The Allen Hospital joined with leading spinal surgeons with expertise in degenerative spinal conditions and back injuries. The expected influx of patients seeking this specialized care drove the facility to convert a patient unit specifically for those recovering from spine surgery.
To accommodate the longer recovery length-of-stays inherent with spine surgery, the designers took steps to make the space both comfortable for patients as well as visiting family. Patients benefit from a majority of private patient rooms as well as their beds being located far from the corridor door to minimize background noise. A vanity area with large mirror and personal items storage add a hospitality aspect not often found in typical medical/surgical units. A large lounge with two walls of windows overlooking the Harlem River and Columbia University’s playing fields provides respite for both ambulatory patients and visiting family.
“Our patients will benefit greatly from their ability to treat a wide array of spinal issues, including some of the rarest and most difficult-to-treat conditions in the world,” said Dr. William Levine, orthopedic surgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.