Emergency Room Makeover At St. John’s


St. John’s Hospital has completed the second phase of constructions on its Emergency Department expansion project. The newly revamped department has increased in size from 10,000 square feet to 21,000 and features 18 private treatment rooms, state-of-the-art equipment including a technologically advanced CT scanner that provides detailed images to help diagnose disease and evaluate injuries. The new space comes with negative pressure rooms to prevent the spread of airborne diseases, new blood pressure monitors and more. The space is designed for ideal work flow and to enhance collaboration among staff.

The hospital’s original emergency department was built to serve 10,000 patient visits per year but the current visit volume is approximately 49,000. The expansion allows the hospital to meet today’s reality.

Dr. Teddy Lee, Medical Director of The Emergency Department said “This allows us to treat patients effectively and safely. We are witnessing the Emergency Department of the future but instead of tomorrow, that future is a reality today.”

More work is to be done in phases 3 and 4 over the next several months, which will include a Behavioral Health Center and a surge unit. The Rockaway Times got a sneak peek at the new facility in advance of the opening Tuesday, September 22.           

St. John is the only hospital on the Rockaway peninsula. The Emergency Department overhaul is thanks in large part to a $10 million grant awarded by the New York State Department of Health.