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FEBRUARY 2013

ColumbiaDoctors in the Heart of Midtown
By Mohammad Ibrar

Late January marked the official opening of ColumbiaDoctors Midtown, a state-of-the-art medical facility with more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties ranging from Neurology and Dentistry to Cardiology and Orthopedics.

The Columbia University Medical Center worked in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian to open the new 125,000-square-foot facility, providing comprehensive patient care. Nestled in the midst of midtown, the opening was marked with congratulatory remarks as well as a ceremonious ribbon cutting by head doctors, directors, trustees and board members.

“We were looking to provide the first-class practice New Yorkers expect to have and that they deserve,” said Dr. Lee Goldman, executive vice president and dean of Columbia University Medical Center. ColumbiaDoctors Midtown occupies multiple floors with majority of its practices available on one large floor of 51 West 51st St., featuring warm and inviting waiting rooms as well as a sleek contemporary interior. Additionally, its strategic location is accessible via mass transit.

“The facility was designed with accessibility and functionality in mind. That’s why it’s on one big floor — it all flows,” emphasized Patrick J. Burke III, assistant vice president of Capital Project Management at Columbia University Medical Center. “Patients need to feel comfortable and welcomed when visiting their doctor.”

Dr. Goldman stated that they already service 900 patients a day, and he expects that number to increase to 1,500 soon. The new location has much-needed space for physicians and specialists to provide medical services, compared to the previous 60th Street location, which was due for a renovation. Moreover, Dr. Robyn Gmyrek, a dermatologist and chairwoman of the Board of Directors of ColumbiaDoctors Midtown, expressed her delight with the new spacious quarters at the Midtown facility.

With more than 225 physicians, dentists, and nurse practitioners, the facility is equipped to handle the vast, ever-moving population of New York City. Mark McDougle, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Columbia University Medical Center, and Dr. Kenneth A. Forde, a Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian trustee, conveyed their satisfaction with the new location and lauded the one-stop ambulatory medical facility. Burke commented that ColumbiaDoctors Midtown was designed to be “timeless” and “will be around for a long time.” #

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