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Comprehensive Inpatient and Outpatient Facility Made Possible Through $50 Million Gift From the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family

Six-Story, State-of-the-Art Building Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP and daSilva Architects

NEW YORK (Jan 20, 2010)

Ushering in a new era in comprehensive cardiac care, the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center celebrated its opening today at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Made possible by a $50 million gift from the Vivian and Seymour Milstein family — one of the largest philanthropic gifts in the Hospital's history — the state-of-the-art facility features advanced diagnostic technology and treatments that are frequently less invasive, more accurate, and require less healing time.

The six-story, 142,000-square-foot building, which will officially open to patients and their families in February, was designed by award-winning architects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and daSilva Architects. Located on Fort Washington Avenue and 165th Street in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood, it features a dramatic glass curtain fa├žade and offers sweeping views of the Hudson River.

"As we open the doors to the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, we look at the future of heart care, with advanced inpatient and outpatient care, including new minimally invasive treatment options, available together under one roof," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "This building honors the longstanding vision and support of the Vivian and Seymour Milstein family and signals a unique hospital setting where heart patients have access to the very best care, delivered with compassion in a comfortable and family-friendly environment."

First conceived more than five years ago, the new Heart Center was designed in collaboration with the Hospital's clinical team, including cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and other specialists.

"The Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center is built for innovation and excellence, with the resources to care for even the most seriously ill patients. As one example, the building has two hybrid operating rooms with high-tech imaging equipment that allows surgical and catheter-based procedures to be performed in the same room, resulting in less-invasive procedures and making treatment available to patients with more complex conditions," says Dr. Allan Schwartz, physician-in-chief at the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center. He also serves as chief of cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and the Harold Ames Hatch Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. "Patients will also have access to promising new medical treatments such as stem cell therapy to repair blood vessels and heart muscle following a heart attack."

"The Heart Center will allow NewYork-Presbyterian to continue on its path of advancing new treatments, a road that saw this Hospital perform the first successful pediatric heart transplant operation, the country's first robotically assisted open-heart procedure to be completed with a totally closed chest, and the country's first robotically assisted, totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery, along with many other breakthroughs in cardiovascular research and patient care," says Dr. Craig R. Smith, surgeon-in-chief at the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center. He also serves as surgeon-in-chief and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, and chairman of the Department of Surgery and the Calvin F. Barber Professor of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Following are highlights of the new Heart Center:

  • Outstanding specialists. Some of the best physicians in the world will bring expertise in important areas, including coronary artery disease, electrophysiology for the study and treatment of arrhythmia, and surgical and nonsurgical treatments for heart failure, including heart transplantation.
  • Advanced care. Cutting-edge technology, including sophisticated diagnostic and surgical imaging equipment and 20 new cardiac ICU beds, will help accommodate even the highest-risk patients.
  • Non-surgical alternatives. With a team of expert physicians, the facility will be a world center for interventional cardiology and for the development of nonsurgical procedures for conditions that previously required complicated and high-risk surgery.
  • Science at the bedside. Clinical experts will collaborate closely with basic science and clinical researchers in an environment for translating scientific discoveries into bedside applications.
  • Prevention and education. A dedicated Diabetes and Heart Education Center features an educational area where nurse educators will help patients learn about their condition and the best ways to ensure their health. A Preventive Cardiology Program will screen patients' family members for cardiovascular disease and offer them tools for lowering their risk.
  • Medical education. The Goldstein Education & Conference Center and Daniels Auditorium are connected by sophisticated communications links to operating rooms and cardiac catheterization labs to enhance training for the next generation of physicians and surgeons.
  • Convenient and efficient access to care. The new facility will be fully integrated with the adjacent Milstein Hospital Building and the Herbert Irving Pavilion, ensuring that cardiology services are conveniently accessible to patients in a "one stop" experience.
  • Environmentally friendly and award-winning design. The Heart Center is designed to reduce waste as well as cost. The building features recycled materials and is estimated to be 30 percent more energy efficient than a standard structure. The building is expected to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The new facility has already been recognized by New York Construction Magazine with their 2009 Award of Merit in Health Care.
  • Cardiac Care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's cardiology and cardiac surgery program consistently ranks first in New York and among the top 10 in the country according to U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals" survey, and has among the lowest mortality rates in the nation for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attack. The Hospital performs more heart transplants than anywhere else in the country. Among numerous research studies, its interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons are helping lead the PARTNER trial, the world's only randomized controlled study of a transcatheter aortic heart valve. This innovative approach replaces patients' heart valves without open heart surgery and has the potential to save thousands of lives of patients with no other therapeutic options.

    The Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia

    The Vivian and Seymour Milstein family's interest in health care traces back to Vivian Leiner Milstein's father, Joshua H. Leiner, who was a neurologist and the first practicing psychiatrist in Bronx County. Vivian and Seymour Milstein began their association with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in the 1950s. Seymour Milstein served as chairman of the board of the Hospital from 1989 to 1996, presiding over a period of significant service growth and improved financial performance. After stepping down as chairman, Mr. Milstein was the Hospital's chairman emeritus until his death in 2001.

    The children and grandchildren of Vivian and Seymour Milstein also play a strong role at NewYork-Presbyterian. Connie Milstein has been a Hospital trustee since 2000, serving on several key committees, including the Quality and Performance Improvement Committee. Philip Milstein has served on the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Visitors since 2005. Connie Milstein's daughter, Abby Elbaum, serves on the NewYork-Presbyterian Heart Center Steering Committee.

    In addition to its $50 million contribution toward the creation of the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, the Vivian and Seymour Milstein family has donated approximately $15 million in support to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

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    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, located in New York City, is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world, comprising the teaching hospital NewYork-Presbyterian and its academic partner, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine, and is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/The Allen Hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report.

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