richmond university medical centerIn an exciting moment for Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), the health system broke ground on the first phase of the expansion of its Emergency Department and Surgical Suite earlier today. The expanded ED facility will allow RUMC to replace outdated facilities, enhance care delivery for the expanding population it serves, and be better equipped to handle increased patients during natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy. View a full 360-degree view of today’s groundbreaking event at RUMC’s Facebook page.

“This is a great day for Richmond University Medical Center and the people of Staten Island,” said Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., President and CEO of Richmond University Medical Center. “We’re delighted to be working with the talented team at CannonDesign to bring this project to fruition to serve our community’s ever-growing needs.”

“We’re proud to be working with Richmond University Medical Center on this important project that will not only strengthen the health system, but also the Staten Island community,” said Rich Kahn, CannonDesign Principal and NYC Health Leader. “This is a very future-focused facility and Richmond University Medical Center’s commitment to delivering a valuable resource to those it serves has been unwavering and inspiring throughout this project.”

The expanded ED will include centers for trauma, urgent care, pediatrics and other specializations while encompassing 51 treatment spaces, an observation unit and infrastructure improvements. The addition is strategically located to connect with the hospital’s existing hospital radiology department and other key program adjacencies that would facilitate expansion of ORs and ICUs in future phases.

The RUMC facility design also introduces a dual-track ED model that filters the patient volume into acute-care and lower-acuity areas to improve the overall flow of patients, visitors and staff in the ED. Additional benefits of this design include the ability for RUMC to provide more focused care and realize operational efficiencies, flexibility and adaptability, and future synergies for strategic campus master planning.

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