P&S Journal: Winter 1995, Vol.15, No.1
Columbia-Presbyterian and Its Community: A Changing Relationship
Within the Medical Center proper, Milstein Hospital Building on Fort Washington Avenue, completed in 1989, now provides a greatly improved setting for Presbyterian Hospital services. Farthest afield, at Broadway and 220th Street, Presbyterian Hospital's Allen Pavilion is a full-service community hospital-the only one serving the northern end of Manhattan and surrounding areas. To the west of the Medical Center, on Riverside Drive just above 165th Street, a new building for the New York State Psychiatric Institute is being constructed. To the east, on Broadway across from Babies and Children's Hospital, the first of five buildings that ultimately will comprise the Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park is rising in conjunction with the restoration of the Audubon Ballroom, which had become a symbol of urban deterioration.
The fundamental purpose of the Audubon Park, being created through the combined resources of the state, the city, the University, and private donors, is to provide space for commercial biotechnological companies and for the expansion of academic research. It is anticipated that this linkage of commercial and academic research will potentiate cooperative, synergistic interactions that will lead to the development of new pharmaceuticals and major new modes of clinical diagnosis and treatment.