From the Hospital CEO - December 2013
Have you heard about the major construction that has begun on the Stony Brook Medicine campus? We now have resources to think big and build big in ways that will be vital to the future of both Stony Brook University and the delivery of healthcare here on Long Island.
This expansion is made possible by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the State University of New York under the leadership of Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher through a $35 million NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant, $50 million in support through a historic $150 million gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons and other generous contributions from throughout the community.
The 245,000-square-foot Medical and Research Translation (MART) building will house eight floors devoted to imaging, neurosciences, cancer care and cancer research. It will be connected to Stony Brook University Hospital by way of a new 10-story Hospital Pavilion containing 150 patient beds, which is also under construction.
The MART will serve as the home for understanding the basis of human disease, where scientific discovery will be translated into clinical research and where promising patient results can be turned into FDA-approved healthcare diagnostic and treatment options.
What this means is that scientists and physicians will work together side by side to advance cancer research and imaging diagnostics so that Stony Brook can deliver innovative cancer care more efficiently and effectively, doubling our capacity to provide cancer treatment to the people of Long Island. The MART will also provide advanced biomedical imaging, including a PET/CT scanner, and biomedical informatics to analyze data.
It also means that there will be an investment in new faculty, fellowships, merit-based scholarships and need-based aid. As part of Stony Brook’s mission to educate the next generation of caregivers, the MART will also contain 12 new classrooms for students and a 300-seat auditorium to attract regional and national conferences, lectures and other events.
In addition to far-reaching scientific and medical benefits, the MART will also help drive Long Island’s economy by creating 4,200 project-related and specialized research jobs.
As you can imagine, the construction of the MART — which is expected to be completed by 2016 — represents important milestones for Stony Brook as we continue on a steady path to becoming a world-class institution, a national leader in academic medicine and the first choice in healthcare for the patients and community we serve on Long Island.
L. Reuven Pasternak, MD