The recent closing of Mary Immaculate and St. John’s Queens Hospitals has created a situation that leaves many Queens residents searching for alternate healthcare resources. This issue has serious implications for the MediSys Health Network.
Since Caritas announced its bankruptcy and closure plans earlier this month, Jamaica and Flushing Hospitals have seen an increase in patients in our Emergency Rooms, which already operate near or at capacity. Jamaica Hospital, specifically, now treats 360-370 patients a day in the Emergency Department; up 25% from its previous 300 ER visits a day.
The MediSys hospitals presented their plan to cope with the healthcare needs of the community to the NYS Department of Health and the State DOH awarded a $4.5 million grant to help support our efforts to expand inpatient capacities and emergency room services.
With the funds, Jamaica Hospital will add 40 patient beds to the sixth floor, 4 critical care beds, and expand the Emergency Department. The current Emergency Management Command Center will be relocated, creating an expanded space for the hospital’s Fast Track Center.
At Flushing Hospital, 21 previously closed inpatient beds on the third and fourth floors will be reopened and the Wound Care Center will be relocated to the ground floor.
Even with the much needed expansion, a lot is still required of the hospitals and our staff, as patient volume continues to reach record numbers.
While we sympathize with our colleagues at the neighboring hospitals, we are thankful that our hospitals can continue to meet the health care needs of our community, and we have confidence in the commitment and dedication of our employees and medical staff to meet the task at hand.
We thank everyone for their efforts during this very busy period.
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