Richmond University Medical Center's new surgical pavilion

The new space at Richmond University Medical Center represents the hospital's vision for the future of surgery.

“It's very exciting for all of us and we've been waiting for this,” said Dr. Loren Harris, chairman of surgery and chief of thoracic surgery.

The Lucille and Jay Chazanoff Surgical Pavilion is the third part of a $250 million project to improve care at the hospital.


What you need to know

  • The more than $40 million surgical pavilion includes newly equipped operating rooms; some with the capacity to perform robotic surgery
  • The Lucille and Jay Chazanoff Surgical Pavilion is the third part of a $250 million project to improve care at the hospital
  • The hospital said it expects the pavilion to open by the end of the month as it completes final inspections and certifications.

“Well, this has been in the works for years. A lot of planning, really assessing the needs, looking at the needs of the community, looking at our master facilities plan. And this truly represents a commitment to renovate and expand our acute care infrastructure,” said Daniel J. Messina, president and CEO of RUMC.

The pavilion costing more than $40 million includes newly equipped operating rooms; some with the capacity to perform robotic surgery.

“The technology of surgery has advanced – using minimally invasive care means faster recovery, less postoperative pain and more outpatient procedures, whereas previously people often had to stay in the hospital,” Harris said.

The president and CEO of RUMC said the pandemic played a big role in deciding what improvements were needed.

“So one of the great features of this design is the dual oxygen supply. So in the event of a disaster, we could actually put two patients in the room,” Messina said.

The hospital recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the renovated emergency department. RUMC is a Level 1 trauma center and some of the improvements include elevators that take patients from the emergency room to the operating rooms in no time.

“Richmond University Medical Center serves as the safety net hospital for our island,” said Tim Harrison, chairman of the trustees.

There are no public hospitals in the municipality. Hospital leaders said this will improve the quality of care not only for hospital patients, but for all of Staten Island.

“About a third of our patients are privately insured or about a third are on Medicare or Medicaid, and we do a lot of charity care. 16% of our patients are charity patients, and they all now have access to state-of-the-art surgical facilities,” said Harrison.

“The operating rooms we had were in urgent need of renovation. All the equipment you see behind you is truly the best available for surgery. And what that means is that our surgeons can provide world-class care to our community and to everyone. [on] Staten Island,” Harris said.

The hospital said it expects the pavilion to open by the end of the month after final inspections and certifications are completed.

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