Northwell Health and New York City Health + Hospitals have opened a $59.6 million, 101,000-square-foot lab in Lake Success.
The lab is part of the Clinical Laboratory of New York Alliance, formed by the two entities in 2014. It’s located within Northwell’s Center for Advanced Medicine. It quadruples the testing volume of Northwell’s previous lab in Lake Success to 5,000 tubes per hour and 55 million tubes per year.
“The goal of the alliance is to achieve high-quality lab services for the organizations in a cost-effective manner,” said Dr. James Crawford, senior vice president of laboratory services at Northwell.
In February Northwell and H+H opened a $47.7 million, 36,000-square-foot lab in Little Neck, Queens. That lab is expected to perform millions of microbiology tests per year.
“When you can aggregate more testing volume together in one place, it allows you to invest in more sophisticated equipment that can do higher volumes of testing,” Dr. Dwayne Breining, senior vice president and executive director at Northwell Laboratories, told Crain’s earlier this year.
“This is a culmination of many years of planning” and allows for savings, Dr. Machelle Allen, senior vice president and chief medical officer at H+H, added at the time.
H+H and Northwell have spent five years on the project, which is expected to improve patient outcomes as well as efficiency, saving the city more than $20 million annually.
A key requirement of the alliance was employing people in New York City. The Little Neck location met that requirement while the Lake Success lab adds more capacity for testing.
Crawford said Northwell Laboratories is also exploring opportunities for additional lab affiliations in other regions.