Last Thursday, Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital, a 341-bed tertiary hospital in Bay Shore, NY, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first phase of its Bohlsen Family Emergency Department expansion. The project adds 30,000 square feet of new space, tripling the size of existing emergency department and enabling the hospital to better accommodate the more than 70,000 visits it receives each year.
The first phase features four intake rooms for rapid assessment, 14 new general treatment rooms, new treatment areas dedicated to obstetrics/gynecology and bariatric patients, and, for the first time, a dedicated behavioral health evaluation area with six treatment positions. A design approach focused on clinical operations organizes the department into a split-flow, “super-track” model that improves management of the patient experience and length of stay for both lower and higher-acuity patients. Phase one also includes a new entrance, creating a welcoming front door along East Main Street.
In a Northwell Health press release, Donna Moravick, RN, NP, executive director of Southside, said, “This new space will also bring a new way of treating patients. Patients will be triaged immediately and begin to receive their care, including laboratory tests or imaging scans, much sooner. Patients will also be separated based on their acuity, so people with less-serious injuries will not have to wait in the same cue behind a serious trauma case.”
With phase one of the 50-000-square-foot project now complete, Northwell Health will move forward with phase two of its ED modernization and expansion. This second phase will feature five isolation rooms with a decontamination suite, a critical care/trauma area, a new X-ray and computed tomography (CT) suite, a new 16-bed clinical decision/observation unit and a new seven-bed pediatric unit.