Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center at Valley Stream will begin construction this month on a $22.3 million renovation of its emergency department (ED).
The ED, which currently treats 40,000 patients annually, will grow from 9,000 to 12,000 square feet, and be capable of handling 55,000 annual patient visits.
LIJ Valley Stream will now use a split-flow model in the emergency department, where staff will triage and assess patients based on the severity of illness and funnel them to the appropriate level of treatment.
The new ED will have 27 patient beds, including two isolation rooms, two closed observation beds and designated beds for obstetrics/gynecology and bariatric services. For the first time, the new emergency department will also house its own dedicated computed tomography (CT) scanner and an imaging area. It will also contain a decontamination room that will be used to ensure patient and staff safety after an environmental or other potentially unsafe exposure occurs. A private waiting area and a family consultation room will also be part of the renovation.
“This is not a mere facelift of the ED,” said Steve Bello, executive director of LIJ Valley Stream. “Northwell Health recognized the needs of the local community and is investing heavily to provide a brand new ED, with integrated outpatient services, that can better serve the area. LIJ Valley Stream is currently a regional leader in the treatment of patients presenting with stroke and sepsis. The new design will further improve efficiency while maintaining an absolute emphasis on patient comfort throughout their stay.”
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About Long Island Jewish Valley Stream
Long Island Jewish Medical Center at Valley Stream is a 284 licensed bed hospital offering a wide range of programs and services to patients from Nassau and Southeastern Queens counties. The hospital has one of the most advanced Emergency Departments in the region. The hospital is also home to the Orzac Center for Rehabilitation, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility featuring long-term care, rehabilitative medicine and an Adult Day Health Care Program.
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