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A New York institution is set to expand with $35 million gift

New York Post reports HSS has received a $35 million gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, at the recommendation of philanthropist Marina Kellen French, for the construction of a state-of-the-art medical tower. Plans to break ground on the 12-story building over the East River will take place in October. The tower will connect to the HSS main hospital, which also straddles the FDR Drive, with a third-floor skybridge over East 71st Street. The structure’s 100,000 square feet of floor space will provide HSS with 25% more operating capacity. This additional space will not add beds, but provide more elbow room to increase the number of private patient rooms and to more efficiently reconfigure operating rooms, physicians’ offices and clinical and research facilities.

Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO at HSS, referred to the project as a “transformative” addition to the campus. "It positions HSS to do what we do best well into the future. It will allow us to give our patients who come from around the world the very best care through the next set of decades,” he said. 

“Marina has been unbelievably generous to us over the years,” said Thomas P. Sculco, MD, surgeon-in-chief emeritus at HSS. “Her foundation’s total gifts to us, including this latest, total over $60 million.” Kellen French is vice president of the Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation, named for her parents. The tower will also bear their names.

Read the full article at Nypost.com. 

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