City Council Secures $13.5 Million for New ER at Richmond University Medical Center
The city council secures $13.5 million for Richmond University Medical Center's new Emergency Room. NY1's Aaron Dickens was the details.
Officials at Richmond University Medical Center say about 200 people are admitted to it's emergency room every day on average.
"The current emergency room was built for about 25,000 patients. Right now we are the neighborhood of 65 to 70,000," said Daniel Messina, President and CEO of Richmond University Medical Center.
Messina says that number is expected to grow in the coming years because of development projects on the north shore. The hospital plans to build a new emergency room officials say will be able to take in more than double the amount of patients it does now. The need for a new facility has gotten the attention of city council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito who is allocating 10 million dollars of her discretionary funds for the project.
"The funds will actually allow us to move this project along quicker," said Messina.
The three city council members here on Staten Island secured a combined a 3.5 million dollars for the project. They invited the speaker to tour the emergency room back in March.
"She was quite shocked at the conditions and the fact that there were so many people there without them having the ability to treat them in an emergency situation expeditiously," said Councilwoman Debi Rose.
RUMC is one of two privately run hospitals in the borough. There is no public facility here.
"In the absence of a health and hospital's corporation hospital. We felt they owed us," said Rose.
Messina says the facility will have separate pediatric and urgent care units, and an area where patients can be observed by doctors before they are released.
"We are looking at the design of this new emergency department built around the eyes of the patient," said Messina.
Officials say construction will begin in early 2017 and will take about a year and a half to complete.