St. John’s to Renovate & Expand Emergency Department

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Rockaway’s only emergency room is getting some much-needed treatment. With the help of a $10.15M grant, the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Emergency Department (ED) will be undergoing a big renovation and expansion.

On Thursday, July 6, St. John’s staff and local elected officials gathered to announce the work that will be able to take place after the recent approval of a NYSDOH Capital Restructuring Financing Program (CRFP) Grant for $10.15M. The hospital staff, community members and elected officials have been working with the New York State Department of Health for more than a year, awaiting final approval of the contract to begin construction. Now with approval, the hospital will be able to double its emergency apartment to 22,000 square feet, allowing for more space to provide care to patients in the emergency room.  

According to St. John’s CEO, Gerard Walsh, construction will last for approximately 24 months, which includes 12 months for the ED renovation/expansion and 12 months for the primary care co-location facility, which will be housed at the current BOCES building. The new Emergency Department will provide adult and pediatric care, as well as psychiatric emergency care. By the end of construction, the department will include 19 private treatment rooms, 21 results waiting positions, six rapid evaluation beds, and 14 private areas in a separate psychiatric emergency department. 

Executive Vice President/ Chief Operation Officer Chris Parker said, “The primary strategic goals of the renovation and expansion are to strengthen access to primary care on the peninsula by the addition of two medical home sites on the hospital campus, one of which is co-located with outpatient behavioral health services, allow patients who come to the ED that do not need emergency services to be treated in an appropriate primary care setting, reduce potentially avoidable hospital use because of a lack of access to primary care services and poorly managed chronic diseases,  help St. John’s develop a stronger integrated delivery system that provides strengthened outpatient behavioral and mental health services to the community, and improve the crisis stabilization process and physical plan in the ED to better care for the behavioral health needs of the community”. These goals are conducive to the DSRIP goals set forth by the state department of health.

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