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Steel rises as a state-of-the-art University of Richmond Medical Center emergency room takes shape

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Richmond University Medical Center is taking a big step towards improve health care services for Staten Island, particularly the entire North Shore, through extensive physical plant improvements including the addition of a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department at a cost of more than $ 95 million.

The new addition is located adjacent to where the current ED is located and when completed, it will contain private treatment rooms, trauma bays, comprehensive specialty areas for pediatrics and urgent care – a total of 47 treatment positions and all types of special sections designed by clinicians and administrators to include optimal patient design and flow.

“The new emergency room will have a full pediatric section, a brand new trauma section with full imaging, and a new waiting area with comfortable lounge chairs and a behavioral urgent care piece,” said Daniel J. Messina, president and Executive Director of West Brighton Healthcare Center. "Evidence-based design and the latest state-of-the-art technology have been designed in conjunction with our clinicians to maximize workflow and enhance the patient care experience."

The new emergency building will be two floors.

The initial plan was to keep the second floor empty until the hospital decided on a better use. But as officials studied the needs of the hospital and community, it became clear that a two-tier facility would go a long way in providing better services to RUMC patients.

The second level will be used to upgrade the hospital's surgical unit and provide an expanded area for additional services.

An artist's rendering of the new Richmond ER University Medical Center. RUMC

“It is the future home of 10 new spacious multipurpose operating rooms, perioperative and support space with an outpatient surgery component and an inpatient surgical component,” Messina explained.

"It will also offer the benefits found in a Surgi-Center and create a separate access space for outpatient and hospital services, which provides the needs of an inpatient without sacrificing the privacy and supportive space found in a Surgi-Center. -Independent center. The new emergency room will provide Staten Island with the most advanced Emergency Department in New York City. ”

The project was funded through Staten Island elected officials, a grant from the City Council, and a private equity campaign. , with general financial assistance from Preston Hallow, a private equity support group.

"We have received great support from all of our local elected officials and the mayor was also instrumental in drawing up our funding plan," Messina continued. “They believed in us. And they saw that we had a solid future of continuous growth and development. ”

With a total investment of more than $ 200 million and more than $ 108 million in financial support from the city, the state and private philanthropy, RUMC will usher in a revolution in healthcare, with the most advanced technology and state-of-the-art surgical equipment to treat all types of acute and chronic diseases and conditions, Messina said.

From left, Richmond University Hospital Board Chair Kathryn Rooney; Brian Laline, Executive Editor, Staten Island Advance / SILive; Scott Logan, BSc (Hons) MRICS Director and Daniel J. Messina, President and CEO of the University of Richmond Medical Center, at the site of the new emergency room. (Staten Island Advance / Jan Somma-Hammel)

“The care we provide at RUMC has been and continues to be of the highest quality,” said the President of Emergency Medicine, said Dr. Johnathon LeBaron. “The new emergency room will allow us to continue to provide the same state-of-the-art care in a completely new, state-of-the-art environment that matches the level of quality and service that we provide our patients every day. The new emergency room will be a physical representation, a symbol, of the advanced care that the people of Staten Island deserve and should expect when faced with a medical emergency. ”

Another major improvement is a $ 45 million window replacement upgrade to the original hospital.

Although there were improvements over the years to the old San Vicente Medical Center, some date back to the original construction more than 100 years ago.

Funding for that area totals $ 14 million and comes from a FEMA grant dating back to Hurricane Sandy. However, it was eventually increased to $ 45 million to cover the entire footprint of the hospital thanks to the support of Senator Chuck Schumer, former Congressmen Max Rose, and Peter King.

The hospital is also carrying out an exterior façade project focused on external aesthetics

 First St. Vin's

The WT Garner Mansion is one of the few freestanding pre-Civil War mansions that still survive in New York City. It became the St. Austin Children's School in the 1880s. In 1903, it was purchased by the Sisters of Charity and became the original building for St. Vincent's Hospital. Staff-Shot

The original St. Vincent's Hospital opened in 1903 as a 74-bed facility under the direction of the Sisters of Charity of New York (1903-1999). The structure was expanded and modernized and acquired the former US Public Health Service Hospital in Clifton, renamed Bayley Seton Hospital, where psychiatry, substance abuse counselors and other services were once housed. That site has since been closed.

The University of Richmond Medical Center, an independent hospital, supports clinical medical education for medical scholars, residents, and students. It is a sponsor of accredited residency training programs (radiology, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, pediatrics, and internal medicine), a fellowship program in hematology / oncology, and an accredited podiatry training program.

 1987 Press photo Opening ceremony of St. Vincent's Medical Center

Officials line up for the inauguration of a project to build the 243-bed Sister Loretto Bernard pavilion at the then St. Vincent's Medical Center. Year: 1987. Staten Island Advance

These training programs provide clinical and educational support to medical students completing their clinical rotations at the institution.

RUMC is an academic affiliate of SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, and SUNY students and residents are actively involved in caring for their patients.

On average, there are 200 junior and senior physicians students per year on basic clinical rotations as well as electives at SUNY Downstate, New York Medical College, St. Georges University, and American University of Antigua.


A cogeneration plant, programmed to run on natural gas, is also being built on campus, which will provide electricity to the hospital, even during blackouts. The plant will produce enough electricity to power the hospital.

The University of Richmond Medical Center will join other companies leading the way in energy efficiency when its new cogeneration plant, or Co-Gen, is completed later this year. ]

The new Co-Gen plant is being constructed in an existing building at the rear of the campus. When completed, it will make the hospital self-sufficient and able to continue operating in the event of a power outage in the area or a natural disaster.

Co-Gen is the use of a power plant to generate electricity and useful heat. at the same time. The excess heat generated by the engines will be used to improve the hospital's air conditioning capacity.

So far, the underground conduits, conduits and pipes have been completed. A new roof, cooling towers and a concrete base have also been installed.

"The system will convert natural gas into electrical energy, allowing RUMC to disconnect from the grid and create its own energy, especially during emergencies, and ensures that the hospital will have full power and will be protected from outages," Messina explained.


A new parking lot for more than 240 cars will be installed to be made available to visitors and staff at the medical center located at the rear of campus on Kissell Avenue.

Additionally, special features include natural gardens to provide additional privacy for the local community. The low-level designed parking lot includes a design to help prevent car lights from shining in homes and is equipped with special lamps to prevent overhead lighting and eliminate nuisance to the local community.

“Our focus has been on high-acuity services, which is really the prescription for the hospital. . . These projects have been carried out after very careful strategic planning and modeling to ensure our design is fit for the future. We will also replace 13 elevators. We are executing a very aggressive facilities master plan, ”he said.

In addition, there will be a renovation of the maternity unit – mother / baby – and conversion to private rooms.

General costs are broken down as follows:

Emergency department expansion: $ 95 million

Cogeneration facility: $ 29.3 million

Wind resistance: $ 42, 9 million

Tower operating room: $ 36.1 million

Medical ICU renewal: $ 15 million

Mother / baby renewal: $ 5 million

Total capital investment: $ 223.3 million

 New Emergency Department at Richmond University Medical Center

The steel beams are placed as the new Emergency Room at the University of Richmond Medical Center takes shape. the University of Richmond. (Staten Island Advance / Jan Somma-Hammel)

The current Emergency Department at RUMC, built in 1978, is 15,000 square feet and is designed to service 30,000 emergency care patents annually. The new ED is 35,000 square feet, an increase of 133 percent, and will accommodate approximately 65,000 patients per year.

“The Staten Island community looks to the University of Richmond Medical Center for their medical care and I am proud that we will provide that emergency care in the most modern setting with special amenities for our community,” said the director of operations and director. nurse Rosemarie Stazzone. "It is extremely gratifying to be an integral part of the planning and development of this Emergency Department, a very important milestone in the history of the University of Richmond Medical Center and the Staten Island community."

“It is exciting and gratifying to know that our campus will soon be completely transformed,” said Kathryn Rooney, president of the RUMC board of directors. “In two years, we will have completed more than $ 200 million in state-of-the-art improvements, including a new emergency room, new surgical rooms and critical care units, a cogeneration plant and replacement windows throughout the hospital. It's reassuring to know that these improvements will greatly benefit our Staten Island community. ”

 New Emergency Department at Richmond University Medical Center

All windows in Richmond University Medical Center will be replaced. (Staten Island Advance / Jan Somma-Hammel)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the emergency department treated more than 2,000 people affected by the virus and administered the COVID-19 vaccine to nearly 15,000 people, including a 98-year-old grandmother.

"The University of Richmond Medical Center has always been Staten Island's source for its healthcare needs, especially over the past year as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic," said the executive vice president and chief medical officer, Dr. Pietro Carpenito. “The many improvements, modernizations, and renovations taking place throughout the hospital ensure that the legacy RUMC has forged with the community over the past 100 years will continue for generations to come.”

RUMC is a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, certified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH).

In addition, the health care center is nationally accredited for heart disease and stroke care and for it the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Maternal Health, the only provider of inpatient psychiatric services for adolescents and the only center of Excellence Designated as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE).

 New Emergency Department at Richmond University Medical Center

Daniel J. Messina, President and CEO of Richmond University Medical Center, gives the summary of the emergency program ess. (Staten Island Advance / Jan Somma-Hammel)

"Our Emergency Department will be … a beacon to all of Staten Island that the most advanced emergency care, the latest evidence – based on cutting edge medicine and technology is … right in your neighborhood," Messina said. .


The New Richmond University Medical Center Emergency Site. (Staten Island Advance / Jan Somma-Hammel)

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