NewYork-Presbyterian To Help Develop New Specialty Surgical Hospital in U.K.

Aug 30, 2004

New York, NY

NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System has announced that, together with OR International, a New York-based developer of specialty surgical hospitals, it will help develop a specialty surgical hospital in Somerset, England.

Under the agreement, NewYork-Presbyterian will furnish the Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre with consultative and advisory services relative to the design, scope, and nature of clinical programming, the development of quality assurance procedures and their ongoing monitoring, and the training of key physician and nursing personnel some of which will take place at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. OR International was recently awarded a contract by the U.K. Department of Health and National Health Service to oversee the project.

Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre is scheduled to open in July of 2005, and will have four operating theaters, 34 beds and a new MRI scanner. An estimated 56,242 new procedures will be carried out at the facility over the life of the five-year contract. Approximately 40 percent of the procedures will be in orthopedics, 21 percent will be in ophthalmology and the remainder will be in general surgery.

We are pleased to be able to join forces with OR International to help develop this service, which, in partnership with the National Health Service,will give patients faster access to the highest quality care, said Dr. Arthur A. Klein, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.

The development of the Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre is part of a broader commitment made by the British government last year to create 26 high-quality, fast-track treatment centers in the U.K. using leading international health-care providers. These centers are part of the National Health Service's Independent Sector Treatment Centre Program, and will reduce the waiting time for surgery, which for some procedures can be as long as 12 months, improve choice and outcomes for patients and will treat an estimated 250,000 patients per year.

OR International

OR International is a developer of specialty surgical hospitals offering expertise in the design and operations of these specialty facilities including the critical insights from surgical professionals themselves. Its services include planning, financing, design, construction management, staff recruitment and training as well as on-going management. For additional information, visit or contact them at [email protected].

NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System

The NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, the largest secular not-for-profit non-governmental healthcare system in the U.S., is committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective, and accessible care to communities throughout the greater New York Metropolitan region. The System, made up of 38 acute care hospitals, 100 ambulatory sites, 16 residential healthcare facilities, three specialty institutions, and more than 15,000 affiliated physicians, serves one in four patients in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area. The System is also the largest not-for-profit employer in New York City. System members are affiliates of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University or Columbia University College of Physicians Surgeons. During 2003, System institutions discharged more than 560,000 inpatient cases and saw more than 5,700,000 cases on an outpatient basis. For additional information, visit