In 1999, we inaugurated an innovative affiliation agreement, whereby more than 375 highly qualified members of the North Central Bronx Physicians' Alliance--all with faculty appointments at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine--made a full-time commitment to our network.
The Physicians' Alliance has already made significant progress in many areas, including reestablishing Jacobi's prominence in the areas of women's and children's health. Our newborn intensive care and pediatric intensive care units are operating at capacity, and our new pediatric short stay unit allows children who need minor surgery to go home the same day.
Phase I and Phase II of our renovation program to create the Center for Maternity and Newborn Care has been completed with the opening of our new 22-room maternity suite. The 45-year-old patient wing of six-bedded rooms has been transformed into a state-of-the-art birthing center. The new wing also contains specialized operating and recovery rooms for high-risk deliveries.
We now offer six community-based Family Health Services Clinics, with the most recent 5,200 square foot health center at Gunhill. Our sites include the health centers at Crotona, Glebe, James Monroe, Tremont and two at Gunhill, with the newest on East Gunhill Road.
We have recently won several awards for installing a robotics system that dispenses more than 2,500 unit-dose medication orders a day. We are also very proud that Jacobi received a full, three-year accreditation by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) in 1998.