Eighteen months after Hurricane Sandy ripped through and destroyed the emergency room at NYU-Langone Medical Center, officials reopened its doors Thursday with a new state of the art facility.
A $ 50 million gift by business titan Ronald Perelman, and the political moxie of hospital trustee Ken Langone, created a 22,000-square-foot emergency department which will provide first-class health care and technology to adult and pediatric patients.
“It’s a big accomplishment and something we have been working remarkably hard on since the storm,” Dr. Lewis Goldfrank, the chairman of NYU-Langone Medical Center’s Emergency Department, said before the ceremony Thursday. “The new ED has more space, more modern equipment, a lot more staff, and will provide more dignity for our patients.”
Goldfrank, who also runs the ER at Bellevue Hospital, said that when the NYU emergency department opened its doors Tuesday for the first time since October 2012, the new facility was tested immediately and passed with flying colors.
“We studied how to handle a precipitous labor if someone were to deliver in the emergency room, and that is just what happened Tuesday,” he said. “A woman gave birth on a gurney as she came in.”
Goldfrank said the ER was busy with 180 patients Wednesday, ranging the gamut from heart attacks to falls to children in need of emergency care.
It almost makes you feel like you want to have an emergency.
Gov. Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney were also on hand for the packed ceremony to dedicate the new Ronald O. Perlman Center for Emergency Services.
Cuomo recalled the harrowing night of Oct. 29, 2012, when he witnessed the East River pouring into the Queens Midtown Tunnel, noting “it was more than the mind could actually fathom.
“Today celebrates two great New York stories … the first story is of heroism, grit and resiliency … the Herculean task of evacuating 322 critical patients in a major NYC hospital in the middle of a super storm in the middle of the night,” Cuomo said. “That no one was hurt, that no one was lost, was a miracle and in part a testament to the tremendous professionalism and skill of the NYU Langone team.”
NYUMC The facility received a gift of $ 50 million from businessman Ronald Perelman, leading to upgrades. NYUMC More of the new facility’s technology. The emergency room was decimated during Hurricane Sandy. NYUMC A waiting area within NYU-Langone Medical Center’s emergency department. The facility, part of which is seen here, will serve children and adults. NYUMC ‘The new ED will have more space, more equipment and a lot more staff, and will provide more dignity for our patients,’ said the center’s chairman.
In thanking Perlman, Cuomo echoed a different twist on de Blasio’s tale of two cities, celebrating the 71-year-old billionaire’s civic commitment and generosity.
“The second story of today is the New York story of success and generosity … We are a place where people do well and a place where people do good and a place where they are often the same person.”
The new ER is triple the size of what it was. It has more than 20 private bays and waiting areas with attractive leather chairs, soothing colors and modern artwork on the walls.
After touring the new facility on E. 33rd St. and First Ave., Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney quipped: “It almost makes you feel like you want to have an emergency.”