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P&S Journal: Fall 1995, Vol.15, No.3
Columbia-Presbyterian/Eastside Grows in New Location

Patient volume at Columbia-Presbyterian/Eastside has increased by 50 percent since the facility relocated to its current home in June 1994, reports Dr. Robert Walther, clinical professor of dermatology and chairman of the Eastside Doctors Practice Committee. More than 150,000 patient visits were recorded between June 1994 and June 1995.

"We had a 70 percent increase in new patients," Dr. Walther says. "It wasn't just old patients coming back to see us again."

Columbia-Presbyterian/Eastside, which opened 14 years ago on East 61st Street in midtown Manhattan, moved around the corner to 16 E. 60th St. to expand office space and combine its many specialty services under one roof. The number of physicians practicing there now exceeds 200, up 50 from the year before.

Relocation meant twice the space for physicians and patients. The 93,000-square-foot facility covers four floors and offers new services in ophthalmology, pediatrics, women's health, corporate health, magnetic resonance imaging, radiation oncology, and chemotherapy. Physicians worked closely with architects in the early planning stages to design each office suite.

The dental practice gained three times as much space in the move. "At the old site, we probably didn't have 600 square feet we could call our own," says Dr. Joseph Harnett, associate professor of clinical dentistry. "It was mostly shared. We now have about 2,500 square feet in the new facility. Most importantly, we now have a surgical facility that we didn't have so that we're able to do a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgery on an outpatient basis."

"The keynote of the site is efficiency," says Dr. Francis Weld, associate professor of clinical medicine. "If someone coming here wants a head-to-toe evaluation in a highly efficient, organized fashion, it can be tailored that way. At other facilities you're endlessly shuttling between floors and facilities, mired down in red tape. For nearly everything my patients need now, they travel no further than 50 yards from my office."

Modern furnishings and work on loan from Chase Manhattan Bank's art collection brighten hallways and waiting rooms on each floor. Ongoing free community lectures take place in the spacious conference room, which can accommodate about 70 people. Support groups for Parkinson's disease, breast cancer, and other conditions also meet there.

Columbia-Presbyterian/Eastside draws patients from New York City, Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey, and foreign countries.

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