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Lenox Hill Hospital to Get a New Look

May 1, 2004

Lenox Hill Hospital will soon begin replacing the facade of the Wollman Pavilion, located at the corner of Park Avenue and 77th Street. The pink panels on the building, erected in 1960, are deteriorating and must be replaced.

The new facade of rosabetta granite and glass will blend well with nearby buildings and be in keeping with the architectural style of the neighborhood. Work is scheduled to begin in late May and will take approximately six months to complete.

The Hospital gave high priority to selecting a design that would cause as little disruption as possible to neighbors, visitors, and patients during installation. To accomplish this goal, prefabricated panels will be installed in sections, beginning on the southern Park Avenue corner of the building and continuing around the block to the main Hospital entrance on 77th Street. A moveable scaffolding system will be erected to ensure pedestrian safety, and a small crane, similar to a cherry picker, will lift the panels to the workers on the scaffolding. Approximately 15 sections will be installed each day. The sidewalk will remain open at all times, and protective sidewalk bridges will be erected to further ensure pedestrian safety. During construction, 77th Street will remain open.

"We are pleased to be replacing the aging panels of the Wollman Pavilion, and confident the community will find the new facade both attractive and complimentary to the architecture of the neighborhood," said Gladys George, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Wollman exterior renovation and the recent restoration of the 76th Street entrance are part of the Hospital's facilities modernization program. Interior projects recently completed include new medical, surgical and cardiac surgery intensive care units; modernized patient care units; a Conference Center with satellite transmittal technology; and a new medical library. Plans are underway for a new coronary care unit and a expanded endoscopy facility.

Members of the press seeking information about Lenox Hill Hospital should call the Public Relations Department at (212) 434-2400.