St. John’s Unveils New Emergency Room
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital cut the ribbon on its newly renovated Emergency Department this past Wednesday. The ribbon was cut by the Rt. Rev. Orris G. Walker, Jr., Bishop of the Episcopalian Diocese for Long Island and the President and Chairman of the Board of Managers of Episcopal Health Services Inc. (of which St. John’s is a part).
"[I’m proud] of what has been accomplished in 15 years of growth at this facility," Rev. Walker told those who came to see the ribbon cutting.
The renovations began in March of this year. At the same time the ER, which treated over 30,000 patients last year, remained open to serve the residents of the Rockaways.
The renovations include a new waiting room and triage, registration and treatment areas. Emergency care for children has been made more child-friendly to provide pediatric patients with more comfort during their emergency room visit.
"The renovation of this [main] waiting room, of the treatment areas, of triage and the pediatric emergency area is just an extension of some of the TLC we would like to extend to our communities," said Luis Hernandez, the Chief Executive Officer of St. John’s.
Cardiac patients will also find comfort in knowing that St. John’s ER now has one of the most state-of-the-art monitoring systems – the Nihon Koden cardiac monitoring system, which was donated by the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Development Board.
As Rev. Walker spoke to the crowd, he related his own experience with the new ER.
"[I’ve had] first hand experience with this facility the previous night," said Rev. Walker, who brought his wife to St. John’s ER. "I was delighted [with the response]."
Rev. Walker called the new ER "a job well done." But, he also said that they "need to continue the hard work."
Before the ribbon cutting Rev. Walker blessed the new ER waiting room. Following the official opening of the new ER, Rev. Walker proceeded to the ER parking lot and blessed one of the hospital’s ambulances.
Hernandez said that St. John’s would continue its renovations.
"Subject to funds, [we are] renovating floor by floor," said Hernandez. "We’ve already done the tenth floor, the second floor, the ER and the operating rooms."
Among those also attending the ribbon cutting were Dr. Mark Spadaro, Chairman of St. John’s Department of Emergency; Fred Simmons, representing State Senator Malcolm Smith’s office; Carlene Glenn, representing Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer; Dr. Jack Levenbrown, the mayor of the village of Lawrence; and Deputy Chief Cali from Division 4 of EMS.