Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center Celebrates The Opening Of New Endoscopy Bronchoscopy Suite


Maile Chaffin-Quiray


Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Celebrates the Opening of New Endoscopy Bronchoscopy Suite

WHAT:       A ribbon-cutting ceremony

and reception will be held to celebrate the opening

of the New Endoscopy Bronchoscopy Suites in the Herbert Irving Pavilion


Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. "We are doing at least 13,000

endoscopies a year and expect that number to increase by 15 percent or


every year.  The new suite allows us to almost double our volume of


and bronchoscopy procedures," says Andria Castellanos, Vice President of

Operations for Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

WHEN:      Thursday, May 31, 2001

8:00-10:00 am

*Ribbon Cutting at 8:15 am*

WHERE:    Herbert Irving Pavilion, 13th floor

(formerly the Dana Atchley Pavilion)

161 Fort Washington Avenue (corner 165th Street), New York, NY 10032

The New Endoscopy Bronchoscopy Suites will be able to accommodate 23,000

endoscopy patients per year and will be equipped with eight endoscopy rooms,

two bronchoscopy rooms, 27 recovery beds, a family learning center, and


and out-patient suites.

Dr. Peter Stevens, Director of the Endoscopy Center, says, "The expansion


not only help the colorectal screening effort but also will allow us to

increase the

number of procedures necessary to evaluate esophageal cancer and

gastroesophageal reflux disease."  According to Dr. Neil Schluger

of Pulmonary,

Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, the new bronchoscopy suite will also


the hospital to treat more patients with complicated lung disease, especially


patients being assessed for advanced lung disease and lung transplantation.”

In addition to the expanded medical capabilities, the design of the new

facility is

also focused on the patients’ comfort.  Some of its features are panoramic


of Manhattan from the recovery areas, and warm, light-filled suites painted


colors of the sun.  “The views from the recovery suite are really


says Castellanos, “and we hope they will have a calming effect on the patient.”

Patients are expected to be treated in the new space beginning July 2001.

Attendees at the event will include Dr. Herbert Pardes, President &


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Peter Stevens, Director of the Endoscopy

Suite, and Dr. Neil Schluger, Clinical Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy


Critical Care Medicine.

- Photo and Interview Opportunity  -

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Clinical Chief, CONTACT, Neil Schluger, Peter Stevens, Ribbon Cutting