FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2005
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION TO UNDERWRITE MODERNIZATION OF STATEN ISLAND UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
City to Invest in Overstressed Hospital System In Fastest Growing Borough
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) President and CEO Tony Ferreri and Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro today announced that New York City was allocating a total of $4.9 million toward the $25 million modernization of Staten Island University Hospital's North Campus Emergency Room (ER). The Mayor was also joined by Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) President Alan Aviles and Chairman of the Board of Staten Island University Patrick McDermott at the announcement at the North Campus of Staten Island University Hospital.
"Staten Island is the fastest growing county in New York State and its burgeoning population is stressing its public health system," said Mayor Bloomberg. "This $4.9 million investment will leverage the additional dollars to rebuild, modernize and increase the capacity of the emergency room at Staten Island University Hospital. This new ER will not only expand services to patients, but improve Staten Island's Health system's preparedness for public health emergencies and natural or man-made disasters. The City will assist the hospital in the planning and construction of the new ER to maximize efficiency and the functionality of the space."
The expanded emergency department will ultimately serve as the ground floor for a new three-story wing for the hospital.
The existing ER at SIUH is antiquated and dangerously crowded. Patients are often lined up in the hall and sometimes have to travel to the other SIUH campus or to St. Vincent's emergency room. These transports can jeopardize patient safety and other Staten Island ER's are often equally as crowded as SIUH. In addition, the SIUH emergency room, as currently configured, can not handle an influx of patients from a significant public health emergency or natural disaster. Staten Island University Hospital's two emergency rooms serve more than 100,000 patient visits annually. The emergency room at the North campus was built in 1979, when the population of Staten Island was just over 350,000 people and was built for 20,000 visits per year. Today there are nearly 500,000 Staten Island residents and the North Campus ER sees nearly 70,000 visits per year.
"On behalf of University Hospital, our Board of Directors and the residents of Staten Island I would like to thank the Mayor and his administration for their extraordinary commitment to the health and well-being of our community," said SIUH President Tony Ferreri. "As a result of Mayor Bloomberg's leadership, Staten Island University Hospital's Emergency Department will be transformed into a modern and technologically advanced center delivering superior care. University Hospital's Emergency and Trauma Center is the busiest on Staten Island. We are fortunate to have the best trained, most skilled physicians and now they will be able to help those in need and save lives in a leading-edge center.
This is clearly one of the most important health care advancements on Staten Island in quite some time."
Edward Skyler/Jordan Barowitz (212) 788-2958
Brian Morris (SIUH) (718) 226-9000
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