Aspect Health, Montefiore Orthopedics, and Montefiore Nyack Hospital Break Ground on New Orthopedic Center of Excellence

From left to right: Mike Kolakowski, President KBE Building; Doron Ilan, President, Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, A division of Montefiore Orthopedics; Jason Fond, MD, Director, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery Montefiore Nyack, VP, Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, A division of Montefiore Orthopedics; Christopher Smith, CEO Aspect Health; Mark Geller, MD, President & CEO, Montefiore Nyack; Susan Fox, President & CEO, White Plains Hospital; George Hoehmann, Supervisor, Town of Clarkstown; Neil Cobelli, MD, Chairman, Orthopedic Surgery, Montefiore Einstein
Photo credit: Terence Lynch

Mar 18, 2022

Facility to Bring NYC Quality Care to Hudson Valley with a Research-Based Design to Improve Patient and Physician Healthcare Experience

WESTPORT, CT AND WEST NYACK, NY. (March 18, 2022)Aspect Health, a real estate advisor, investor and developer who specializes in the emerging field of “healthcare hospitality,”

today announces the groundbreaking of a new Orthopedic Center of Excellence. The development team designed the Center in collaboration with Montefiore Orthopedics, Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Gensler and Gensler Research Institute to bring an unrivaled standard of healthcare to the Hudson Valley region.

"We are proud to bring this new facility to the region and deliver the quality and standard of care that the community expects from the hospitals in New York City,” said Dr. Mark Geller, President and CEO Montefiore Nyack. “We listened to the community’s needs, and we answered – this new Center will transform the healthcare experience in the region.”

Aspect Health and Gensler planned and designed the new Center based on the two-year long Gensler Research Institute Gensler Outpatient Experience Index (OPExI) and a proprietary study in conjunction with Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (NEOSM) that sought to understand local hospital performance and care delivery needs. From pre-visit expectations to post-visit sentiments, the patient journey and physician experience is interwoven with the building site, programming and design. The result is a new, innovative Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence with a holistic, best-in-class ambulatory surgery center, advanced imaging center, complete with physical and occupational therapy services.

“The momentum of collaboration between the surgeons of NEOSM, Montefiore Orthopedic Surgery, Montefiore Nyack Hospital, and Aspect Health enabled us to significantly cut the typical development timeline and set the foundation for a transformative development that is changing the future of healthcare delivery,” said Dr. Neil Cobelli, Professor and University Chairman, Montefiore Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.“

Aspect Health began planning with both Montefiore Orthopedics and Montefiore Nyack Hospital in 2019 to understand the future-focused strategy, need to optimize facilities and the priority to deliver a best-in-class healthcare experience for the patient and physician population in the region. Gensler’s OPExI helped inform a progressive planning approach, coupled with learnings from the pandemic, that incorporates new concepts including concierge services, touchless gateways, advanced air systems, digital integration of patient data, lounge area amenities, calming and inviting spaces, and onstage and offstage layout to provide caregivers the opportunity to not only expedite patient care but also collaborate, decompress, and reset. Additionally, the Center will include advanced robotic technology, orthopedic specialized high field open MRI, and the latest Digital Radiography (DR) and Advanced Fluoroscopy.

The new Center of Excellence is being built by KBE Building and is scheduled to open summer of 2023. It will be located at 3 Centerock Road in West Nyack, NY, about 3 miles west of the hospital’s main facility. Upon completion, NEOSM, which recently joined the Montefiore Orthopedics team, will move into the new facility and offer its patients a new standard of advanced musculoskeletal care.

“Between this groundbreaking OPExI data, the ever-changing healthcare landscape and learnings from the Pandemic, we are transforming healthcare to minimize caregiver burnout and many other stressors that hospitals experience,” said Chris Smith, CEO of Aspect Health. Instead, we are applying evidence-based research to inform development, design, location, interactions and services to place front and center equity of care, patient experience, and joy in work for our care providers.”


About Aspect Health, LLC

Aspect Health is headquartered in Westport, Conn. and offers a comprehensive slate of full-service real estate solutions including advisory services, site selection, entitlement, design, development and construction, acquisition, property and asset management. The company partners with health systems, hospitals, orthopedic practices, and other various specialty providers from Boston to Philadelphia. Aspect Health plans, develops and manages build-to-suit facilities for its partners, and also seeks opportunities to recapitalize and redevelop select buildings through the surrounding Northeast region.  The portfolio boasts 100 percent clinical space usage by mission-critical services. For more information visit


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