Mayor Michael Bloomberg joins Jacobi Medical Center in ‘celebraton of life, light’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses guests at the ‘celebration of light and life’ ribbon cutting for Jacobi’s new Ambulatory Care Pavilion. Photo by Victor Chu

Jacobi had ‘A celebration of light and life’ as it cut the ribbon on the new and long anticipated Ambulatory Care Pavilion, on Wednesday, September 24 at 4 p.m.

In attendance to share in the celebration was Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation President Alan Aviles, new HHC board chair Michael Stocker, former chair Charlynn Goins, Jacobi Medical Center executive director Bill Walsh, and local elected officials and important community members from New York City and the Bronx.

“This is a great day for the Bronx,” noted Bloomberg. “Having access to quality, affordable healthcare in a state-or-the-art facility is important to the families who work and live here.”

The building, which was completed on time and under budget, cost $ 73 million, and is part of a five-year $ 1.2 billion capital investment program to modernize HHC facilities. The structure, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners with Ian Bader, encompasses 120,000 square feet, extending up four stories, featuring 233 exam and treatment rooms, dedicated primarily to outpatient services.

“This new center will allow us to provide the highest quality of outpatient service and care for those who need it the most, and these kinds of investments are a big reason why national evaluations now consistently rank many of our public hospitals among the best in the nation,” expressed Bloomberg.

The floors, which will be designated to treat children’s health, surgery and surgical specialties, women’s health, and a variety of primary care medicine, will be color coded for ease and convenience of patients and visitors.

The main lobby of the structure is a wide-open glass galleria, designed to take full advantage of the natural light source, featuring artwork by Milton Hebald and Donald DeLue.

“The opening of the new Ambulatory Care Pavilion at Jacobi Medical Center represents the City and HHC’s continuing commitment to the redesign of outpatient care – with a particular emphasis on primary on primary and preventative care – to maximize both patient convenience and positive clinical outcomes,” noted Aviles.

The design continues to take into consideration patient and faculty ease with the featured passageway connecting the new Pavilion to the original hospital structure, contributing to the smooth flow throughout Jacobi.

“Within these walls, we will engage our patients as partners in the effective management of their asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic disease. And in the process we will continue to steadily improve the health of our community,” notes Availes.

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