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NewYork-Presbyterian to open new cancer center in Northern Manhattan

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | February 19, 2024
Business Affairs
Columbia University Irving Medical Center (Photo courtesy of NewYork-Presbyterian)
NewYork-Presbyterian has submitted its plans to the Department of City Planning to construct a roughly 400,000-square-foot cancer center on its Columbia University Irving Medical Center campus (CUIMC) in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, that will house its on-campus oncology services under one roof.

The building will be designed to be 310 feet tall and include diagnostic services, treatments, ambulatory surgery, operating rooms, suites for radiological imaging, a floor dedicated to ophthalmology services, four floors for a new oncology practice, and an infusion center, reported Crain’s New York Business.

The health system will also build research space there for clinical trials as part of CUIMC’s aim to enhance medical education and research. The facility will serve communities in Northern Manhattan and beyond.

Currently, oncology programs are spread across different buildings on the campus, making it harder for providers and patients to get from one place to another for different forms of care. NewYork-Presbyterian says the new building will be a hub for outpatient cancer care and will plan out its development in the coming months with community members, elected officials, and the city department of health.

One of these plans is to move the Harkness Pavilion, a recreational outdoor space that is open to the public, and build a new outdoor space that will be the entrance to the hospital.

CUIMC is one of ten hospitals owned by NewYork-Presbyterian in the New York and Westchester areas. The NewYork-Presbyterian Cancer Center there offers chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery among other care offerings.

The new center will be located on the corner of West 165th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.

Financial details and a time frame for the completion of the center were not disclosed

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