A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex in Manhattan.
The West Village facility, located on Seventh Avenue between 12th and 11th streets, aims to fill a void created when Saint Vincent's Hospital closed in 2010.
Facility officials say the emergency care center, which will be able to handle just about anything a traditional hospital can, is the way of the future.
North Shore LIJ says the HealthPlex cost $150 million to complete.
"It's a great day for us today we're going to open our new 30,000 sq ft emergency department, full service," said Lenox Hill HealthPlex Emergency Center Medical Director Dr. Eric Cruzen.
"In many ways I believe this is a new model of care that will be replicated all over the region in years to come. where you can build comprehensive services in a local community without necessarily having to build large hospital beds that in many cases are unnecessary," said North Shore LIJ Health System President and CEO Michael Dowling.
The center is already receiving mixed reviews from area residents.
"I think it's going to be crowded like crazy. It's not a great idea I don't think. It's better than nothing but it's not what I want," said one West Village resident.
"We need it, there's nothing from New York Downtown Hospital all the way up to Roosevelt Hospital on this side of the city," said another West Village resident.
The emergency center will occupy only the first floor of the six-story building. Future plans include adding imaging services, same day surgery, plus outpatient rehabilitation and other health and wellness services.
The center is expected to open next week pending final state Health Department approval.