In Glen Cove, a groundbreaking ceremony was held earlier this week for the Katz Women’s Surgical Center at Northwell Health’s Glen Cove Hospital.
When completed, the estimated $10-million, 25,000-square-foot project will serve as a destination that supports women and their individual needs both physically and psychologically during and surrounding the time of their “surgical journey,” according to Northwell Health.
The new center is thanks to benefactors Iris and Saul Katz, who were at the groundbreaking. Also attending were leaders from Northwell and the community.
Developed with Northwell’s Katz Institute for Women’s Health, the new center will include as many as 32 private recovery and care bays. It will also provide patients with a “tranquil and welcoming” setting as well as “concierge-level service,” according to Northwell.
Iris and Saul Katz have lived in Glen Cove for more than 50 years, having raised their family there. And they have deep ties with the health system, with Saul Katz a member and past chairman of Northwell’s board of trustees and past trustee at Glen Cove Hospital.
“We have visited the hospital so many times – we are glad to have such an excellent and continually evolving hospital in our backyard,” the couple said in a joint statement. “We are delighted to support the new women’s surgical center, which will provide comprehensive care to meet women’s specific surgical needs as well as provide emotional support for patients in the region and beyond.”
The couple founded the Katz Institute for Women’s Health 14 years ago, responding to disparities in healthcare for women and men. Their philanthropy is behind the Katz Women’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the Katz Women’s Hospital at North Shore University Hospital.
“Women are so different. Our bodies are different and so are our hearts and lungs,” Iris Katz said. “We were understudied, undertreated and misdiagnosed. Women must be taken care of differently. Women deserve more.”
The couple endowed the institute with an additional gift in 2020.
At the new center, patients will be escorted by a staff member to services at every point in their care, highlighted by specialized nurse navigators. Private patient parking also will be available. A separate entrance will be created so women and their loved ones will have access to a dedicated reception area and well-appointed lounge.
The center offers the latest surgical treatments utilizing robotic and minimally invasive approaches to surgery. Comprehensive services for breast cancer, reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgeries, including preventative mastectomy, are also available. Advanced robot-assisted surgery for mastectomy and breast reconstruction, including a flap procedure which uses a women’s own tissue, or implant-based reconstruction are offered. Also provided will be surgery for gynecological, urological and thyroid and parathyroid gland disease, as well as procedures for skin cancer.
“This women’s surgical center is the first of its kind for Northwell and the region, and we are designing a model of care that could serve as a national destination,” Dr. Neil Tanna, vice president of the Katz Women’s Surgical Center at Glen Cove Hospital, said in a statement. “The program is multidisciplinary, yet integrated with a team of experts who provide the highest quality, patient-centered, female-focused surgical care.”
The couple’s gift is recognized as part of their larger vision for the institute and the ongoing transformation of women’s health across the health system.
“When you look across the county, there are very few separate centers of excellence for women’s surgery,” Kerri Anne Scanlon, executive director of Glen Cove Hospital, said in a statement.
“The Katz Women’s Surgical Center will be a fully integrated destination, providing excellent surgical and medical care, coupled with superb service under one roof,” she added. “This entire project is so meaningful to the community and personal for the Katz family. This is their hospital, and a gift of this magnitude means everything to Glen Cove. We will forever be grateful for Iris and Saul’s tremendous generosity and kindness, and their desire to advance care for women.”
“We believe that we are in a movement,” Saul Katz said. “As New York’s largest health system, whatever Northwell does, others will follow our lead.”
“We believe others will see what we’re doing to tailor health care for women’s needs. This center is going to be the showcase for others to follow,” Iris Katz said adding, “this is just the beginning.”