Northwell Health Opens New $59M Core Lab

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Northwell Health and NYC Health + Hospital leaders, led by (from left) Dr. James Crawford, Dr. Dwayne Breining, Dr. David Battinelli and Robert Stallone, cut the ribbon to the new facility.

Northwell Health marked the opening of its advanced new 101,000-square-foot Core Lab that features North America’s biggest Roche Diagnostics automated testing line of its kind.

Located within Northwell’s Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success, the $59.6 million lab is capable of processing 5,000 tubes per hour and 55 million annually, nearly quadrupling the testing volume of Northwell’s previous Core Lab.

“This new home is the culmination of over 20 years of growth in our laboratory services, and positions us extremely well for providing high quality health care in the future for patients in both of our health systems and those served through our outreach programming,” said Dr. James Crawford, senior vice president of laboratory services at Northwell Health.

The lab is part of the Clinical Laboratory of New York (CLNY) Alliance that Northwell and NYC Health + Hospitals formed in 2014 to integrate laboratory services. Northwell is is Long Island’s largest employer and NYC Health is the nation’s largest public care system.

The new facility is the second major lab that the alliance opened this year. In early February, the two organizations also partnered to build a $47 million shared, centralized laboratory in Queens that is billed as the largest nonprofit, hospital-operated lab in the nation. It features the nation’s largest Kiestra Microbiology automated line that performs microbiology tests, including molecular diagnostics, from local hospitals, clinics, and physician offices.

The fully automated new Core Lab lab is housed inside a 1.5-million-square-foot complex on Lakeville Road that served as the first headquarters of the United Nations and Sperry Corporation, which manufactured aviation systems for U.S. military aircraft during World War II.

“We are very excited that the new technology in these labs enables us to more efficiently provide more timely and accurate testing for all of our patients, which leads to better care at a lower cost,” said Dr. Dwayne Breining, executive director of laboratory services at Northwell.