ST. JOHN’S SEEKS $10 MILLION TO RE-STRUCTURE & EXPAND ITS EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
11/30/2012 3:37 PM
St. John’s Riverside Hospital today announced that it will file an application with the New York State Department of Health for $10 million in Vital Access Provider (VAP) Grant funds to restructure and expand the Emergency Department (ED) at St. John’s Andrus Pavilion in Yonkers.
“Clearly, Yonkers needs this expansion and modernization of emergency room capacity. The St. John’s health network plays a vital role in the health of Yonkers residents as well as the economic well-being of the City of Yonkers,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Not only does St. John’s employ nearly 2,500 people in health and health related occupations, it is the largest private employer in the City and as such contributes greatly to the fiscal health of the third largest City in NY State. Also a project of this magnitude will bring construction and other new health related jobs to our city, ensuring a prosperous Yonkers.”
“St. John’s is a key provider of emergency services in Yonkers and Southern Westchester,” said Ronald J. Corti, President & CEO of St. John’s. “St. John’s current emergency department is now treating 38,600 ER visits annually and was only built to accommodate 25,000 a year. At this rate of growth, we project a need for our facility to handle 50,000 ER visits,” he said. “Furthermore, we are applying for State funds to include observation beds, a geriatric area and urgent care center as well as providing diagnostic imaging capability within the Emergency Department.”
Thomas T. Lee, MD, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. John’s says, “Throughout its history, St. John’s has been guided by its mission of service to its community, and the restructuring and redesign of our severely overcrowded emergency department will help us continue this mission by helping to optimize patient processing and improve our efficiency. A larger integrated ED design will also improve the quality of care and patient experience and will be accomplished through patient-centered treatment areas, observation bays and separate patient and ambulance entrances.”
"This project is of vital importance to so many of the residents of Southern Westchester. My constituents deserve an emergency services provider that can deliver high quality, appropriate care and St. John's has always delivered that level of care," said NY State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins. "We now need to support this expanded facility so St. John's can continue to meet the demands of our growing population and the healthcare challenges that we are currently facing."
"St. John's Hospital is a fixture in the Lower Hudson Valley, having served local residents and the broader community for over 140 years. As Chairman of the New York State Senate's Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, I teamed up with St. John's to build a comprehensive drug rehabilitation program for those in need. Based upon the
professionalism and success of St. John's programs, I support the hospital's recent application for a Heal Vital Access grant aimed at expanding their emergency room services. If St. John's recent success is any guide, such an expansion could stand to benefit a significant number of New York residents," said NY State Senator Jeff Klein.
“A project such as this one benefits our 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East members and their families on a number of levels. One, it is important to bring new health jobs to the Yonkers and Southern Westchester communities, especially in an economy such as this one, when so many are unemployed, and two, an improved facility such as the proposed St. John’s Emergency Department will help all our staff who have need of emergency services for themselves or their families,” said Maria Kercado, Vice President, 1199.