NEW YORK—Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn officially unveiled it’s newly expanded Emergency Department on Wednesday.
The expansion includes 16 new treatment bays, which will be used for patients in critical condition, and two additional fast track/triage stations, for patients with less urgent conditions. This will increase efficiency and cut down waiting times for patients.
Around $5.7 million dedicated to the expansion was received through HEAL NY Phase 7 funding, which is supported by state Sen. Martin J. Golden, and another $2 million was made possible by City Councilors Sara M. Gonzalez, Domenic M. Recchia Jr., and Vincent J. Gentile.
Lutheran Medical Center executive and medical staff, board of trustees, elected officials, and community leaders joined together for a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the expansion, which increased the center’s Emergency Department space by 45 percent.
In the past decade, the medical center treated an average of 120 patients per day, and has recently been receiving 225 cases each day according to Claudia Caine, executive vice president and Hospital director/chief operating officer of Lutheran Medical Center. The Emergency Department houses 50 patient beds, making it one of the largest emergency rooms in the nation.