HHC New, Temporary Roosevelt Island Medical Center, COVID-19 Emergency Response

Providing Emergency Response Services to Combat the Spike in Demand for COVID-19 Treatment


Roosevelt Island, NY


New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation

Project Cost

Approximately $5,000,000


The NYC Health + Hospitals (HHC) is the largest public health care system in the United States. In New York City alone, HHC serves more than one million people annually spread between 70 different locations across the City’s five boroughs. Due to the unprecedented number of New Yorkers needing medical care because of the COVID-19 pandemic, HHC opened a temporary acute-care hospital, known as NYC Health + Hospitals/ Roosevelt Island Medical Center (RIMC), on Roosevelt Island. LiRo assisted HHC with providing emergency response services for the conversion of RIMC into a new, temporary 350-bed hospital, helping to meet the need for expansion to combat the spike in demand for COVID-19 treatment in New York City.

About the Project

This emergency project met the project’s 30-day duration. LiRo’s services on this project included environmental services, construction management, and coordination of multiple construction management teams and subcontractors, including FEMA documentation for reimbursement.

Project Challenges & Solutions

LiRo’s scope of work included but was not limited to the following:


The separate, new space was completed over a three-week span with assistance from unused parts of the campus of NYC Health + Hospitals. The Roosevelt Island Medical Center accommodated patients with and without COVID-19 who were stable and did not need ICU care. Most patients were transferred from NYC Health + Hospitals/ Bellevue, Elmhurst, Kings County, and Lincoln. The temporary hospital, which officially opened on March 27, was able to accommodate its first 100 patients that week. The additional beds opened the week of April 13th. This project was part of HHCs’ strategy to expand capacity system-wide to accommodate the surge in patients with COVID-19 by working to open 3,000 additional ICU beds by May 1.


Program & Construction Management
Disaster Preparedness & Response Services