NYACK – Montefiore Nyack Hospital has just finished a major expansion. On Thursday, the hospital was announced that the first phase of construction on their new emergency center is complete and will be available for patients by Tuesday of next week. The new expansion has added private emergency rooms, additional ambulance bays, and a new EMS lab.
“For the past 125 years Montefiore Nyack Hospital has continued to evolve in response to the community’s needs,” said Dr. Mark Geller, the president and CEO of the hospital, “I think this is one of the most tangible and significant manifestations of that.”
Montefiore Nyack was the first hospital in Rockland County to establish its own pediatric emergency room and behavioral health unit and was one of the first hospitals in the country to adopt the 30-minute service standard.
The new emergency center will allow them to move even faster, cutting a patient’s median “door to doctor time” down to an estimated 13 minutes. The addition will also provide Rockland with its only dedicated trauma center.
The emergency center has already proved “invaluable” during the peak of the Covid 19 pandemic, functioning as an ICU at a time when the hospital was almost inundated with patients, officials said.
With a dwindling number of infections, the center is now able to fulfill its original purpose and provide state-of-the -art care for emergency patients.
Administrators are optimistic that private rooms will allow patients to heal in a much more relaxed environment and alleviate the burden on nurses and doctors by ensuring that each area has its own monitoring equipment.
“Everything they need is in the room and there will be very little time spent running back and forth,” promised Dr. Geller.
The expansion also includes a new ward dedicated to treating patients with behavior disorders.