HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine now includes an ultramodern, 63,000-square-foot addition.

Opening ceremonies for the new facility were held Monday, WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported. Founding Dean of Students Dr. Lawrence Smith said it’s just the beginning.

“This is the anchor tenant of an academic health sciences education center,” Smith said. “We’re planning on opening a nursing school next year. We’re probably going to move the physician assistant program over to this area.”

The nearly $36 million building also brings with it full national accreditation.

“We will produce many of the physicians that you and I will go to at some point in our lives,” Smith said.

The new facility is located where the Jets used to practice.

Student Fiori Mastriani hopes to capitalize on that.

“It’s nice to bring some vigor, I guess, and winning energy back to the building. We have a Joe Namath jersey somewhere,” he joked.