2003-10-17 / Community

SJEH Completes Department Renovation

SJEH Completes Department Renovation


St. John’s Emergency Department Nurse Manager Wendy Thompson-Russo, RN, (from left to right) greeted New York City Fire Department Paramedics Patricia Foley and Michael Mulhall while Mark Spadaro, MD, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at St. John’s, examined the patient.St. John’s Emergency Department Nurse Manager Wendy Thompson-Russo, RN, (from left to right) greeted New York City Fire Department Paramedics Patricia Foley and Michael Mulhall while Mark Spadaro, MD, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at St. John’s, examined the patient.

A much-anticipated renovation of the Emergency Department at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital South Shore has been completed, greatly enhancing care and services to the community. The Emergency Department, which treats approximately 30,000 patients a year, is a vital resource for local residents and is the New York State-designated 911 receiving hospital for the Five Towns and the Rockaways.

"Our patients’ experiences in our Emergency Department have been greatly improved by our pleasant new surroundings," said Mark V. Spadaro, MD, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. John’s. "The spirits of everyone on the staff have been buoyed to continue to provide superior medical care to our patients in our wonderful new environment."

The adult and pediatric waiting areas, registration, obstetrical area and triage are bright and appealing with attractive new flooring, wall coverings, lighting, and comfortable furnishings.

The renovation was completed in stages so that critical emergency care services to the community could be provided without disruption.

Emergency cardiac care also was improved by the installation of a state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring system, which was donated by the Development Board of St. John’s.

The pediatric emergency area was relocated and expanded. The discreet pediatric waiting area is cheerfully decorated with a child-pleasing mural of friendly animals that was donated by the Five Towns Kiwanis Club.

A Belle Harbor resident, Dr. Spadaro was recently appointed to the position of Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. John’s. Previously he was the Director of Emergency Services at Beth Israel Medical Center Kings Highway Division in Brooklyn, New York. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

The Emergency Department at St. John’s is a Level-II trauma center.


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