The new 13-bed area will work in conjunction with the ER Department of the hospital and will observe patients with chest pain to speed up the process and divert patients, when medically appropriate, to community-based services instead of admitting them for in-patient services.
“I am so glad that we're finally able to open this new unit,” said Antonio Martin, executive vice president of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. “It's going to provide excellent healthcare for patients with chest pain.”
Councilman Daniel Dromm allocated $1million in funding for the project.
“I'm very proud that I was able to allocate capital funding for this chest pain unit in Elmhurst Hospital,” Dromm said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “The unit will provide services to people with chest pain so they can get medical attention quickly, and it will alleviate waiting time for other patients in the hospital.”
“We all thank the Councilman for getting the funding for this unit where we can provide specialized care to more people in the community.”' Said Dr. Stuart Kessler who is the Director of Emergency Medicine at the new unit.
Elmhurst Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center in Queens that has 545 beds, an Emergency Heart Care Station, and a 911-receiving hospital. In 2011 the hospital received close to 700,00 ambulatory care visits and over 130,000 emergency room visits, making it one of the busiest emergency rooms in New York City.