Island Eye Surgicenter, currently on Glen Cove Road, in Carle Place, recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new state-of-the-art facility to be located at 1500 Jericho Tpke. in Westbury. Slated to open in the Fall 2016, the 27,000 sq. ft. facility will accommodate the growing number of surgeons and patients seeking the highest level of technology and surgical care in a facility designed exclusively for the treatment of eye disorders including laser cataract and glaucoma surgery, corneal transplants, oculoplastic/reconstructive surgery, retina surgery and cosmetic eyelid surgery. As a highly sought after research site for many years, the new space will also allow Island Eye to continue to be at the forefront of ophthalmic research. Island Eye and its surgeons have been involved in the development of many new drugs, devices and technologies in its 16-year history.
“This is a very exciting step for Island Eye,” said Robert Nelson, PA-C, executive director of Island Eye Surgicenter. “For the past 16 years we have been providing the highest level of care to our patients and this new facility, housed with the latest cutting–edge technology will offer nothing less, and so much more. We are committed to continuing to be an important part of the health care delivery system on Long Island for many years to come.”
Island Eye has developed both a regional and national reputation as a Center of Excellence in Eye Care.
“It’s all we do, and what we do well” said Nelson.
The Island Eye Surgicenter opened in 1999 and has seen exponential growth. It will remain open until the new facility is ready to receive new patients. The opening of the new facility in Westbury will bring more jobs to the area.
“We anticipate that new jobs will be created as we move toward capacity in the new facility,” said Nelson. “We project that growth will occur over four to five years, and that 15 to 20 new jobs will be created, to add to our current roster of more than 60 dedicated staff.”
The design of the new Island Eye facility incorporates a wide variety of measures for energy efficiency, including a super insulated building shell, ultra-efficient HVAC systems, low energy lighting, and a large array of solar electrical panels on the roof.
According to Richard Hardaway, principal, Hardaway Sziabowski Architects, Wellesley, Massachusetts, “Our firm has designed over a hundred such centers nationwide, and this is one of the largest and most well-equipped. The building systems as well as medical equipment are all designed for the highest level of patient safety and comfort. Although not a small building, sloping roofs, dormers and a porte-cochere give the building a residential feel and appearance.”
Local officials, business members of the community and Island Eye employees were present at the ceremonial event, which took place on the 3.5-acre project site. Partners in the project include The First National Bank of Long Island, United Realty, Talisen Construction Corporation, and Hardaway Sziabowski Architects. Visit www.islandeye.net or call 516-877-2400 for more information.