FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2014
Harlem Hospital Center Opens New Expanded Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments & Level 1 Trauma Center
Doubles Adult ED Space; Nearly Triples Pediatric ED Space; Represents Final Phase of $325 Million Hospital Modernization Project
New ED Keeps Name in Honor of the Late Community Leader Marshall C. England
New York, NY ― New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Harlem Hospital Center officials and community leaders today marked the opening of the hospital’s new 30,000-square-foot, $19 million state-of-the-art adult and pediatric emergency departments (ED), which doubles current adult ED space and nearly triples pediatric ED space to expand patient access and privacy, and improves patient flow and comfort. Harlem Hospital is a Level 1 trauma center and area-wide burn unit, and its emergency department sees about 75,000 visits annually. The opening of the ED was announced at a ribbon cutting event by Denise C. Soares, RN, MA, Senior Vice President of the HHC Generations+/Northern Manhattan Health Network and Harlem Hospital Center Executive Director. She was joined by HHC President Alan D. Aviles, HHC Acting Board Chair Reverend Diane Lacey, Medical Director Maurice Wright, M.D., Adult Emergency Services Chief Reynold Trowers, M.D., and Pediatric Emergency Services Chief Valerie Thompson, M.D.
|| Harlem leaders celebrate the opening. L-R: Assemblyman Keith T. Wright; Dir., Commission on the Public's Health System, Judy Wessler; Harlem Hospital Medical Director Dr. Maurice Wright; Senior Vice President, Generations +/ Northern Manhattan Health Network Denise Soares; HHC President Alan D. Aviles
“We appreciate the opportunity to provide our patients and the community with the best we have to offer, as they deserve it,” said Denise C. Soares. “The new expanded emergency areas mean that we will increase our capacity to treat the most seriously ill and injured, and will be able to provide patients with a better overall experience when they visit.”
The new Adult Emergency Department – located on the first floor of the recently built Mural Pavilion – features 26 private treatment rooms, increasing the capacity from 17 rooms that had only open bays. The new Adult ED increases the number of trauma care bays from two to four, increases the number of treatment chairs for asthma patients from four to eight, and adds eight additional observation bays.
Harlem Hospital’s new Pediatric Emergency Department, also located on the first floor of the Mural Pavilion, almost triples the available space. It expands capacity from four to six private treatment rooms, increases treatment chairs for pediatric asthma patients from six to eight, and features two pediatric trauma care bays. The hospital also has a new radiology suite to serve both areas, with a new more sensitive “64-slice” CAT scanner. In addition, the Emergency Department has established a RADT Team (Rapid Assessment Diagnostic Treatment Team) designed to decrease patient waiting times.
The new Emergency Department is the final part of Harlem Hospital’s $325 million modernization project, the primary component of which is the new Mural Pavilion. The overall modernization project features expanded specialty care suites, new adult and burn intensive care units, a Bariatric Center of Excellence, surgical practices, a new women’s imaging department, and pre-admission testing suites. The new Mural Pavilion is also home to a gallery of priceless WPA murals from the 1930s, commissioned by the Federal government from local artists.
The new Emergency Department walk-in entrance is located on the First Floor of The Mural Pavilion on 137th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues. The ambulance and EMS entrance is located on 136th and Fifth Avenue.
The new Emergency Department will continue to be named in honor of Marshall C. England, the health care advocate and former president of the Harlem Hospital Center Community Advisory Board.
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