Woodhull Hospital has undergone a $5 million expansion that has seen the addition of 16 new exam rooms, a new and improved “state-of-the-art” nurse’s station, a new isolation room, and a “transition hub”, where patients who are being discharged from the ED are linked to a primary care or specialty service.

The 5,000 square feet expansion was fully funded by a $5 million capital allocation from the New York City Council’s Brooklyn Delegation and also covered the purchase of new medical equipment, including stretchers, portable EKG machines, telemetry monitors, vital sign paraphernalia and ventilators.

Ribbon cutting for Woodhull’s renovated ED. Photo: Supplied.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull CEO Gregory Calliste said the expansion of the ED would allow the hospital “to provide more efficient patient care, decrease wait times, reduce the likelihood of patients leaving without being seen, and improve the overall patient experience.”

“This significant improvement will help us accomplish our vision of being a model hospital and hospital of choice for North Brooklyn,” he added.

On average, Woodhull’s ED provides treatment for 100,000 patients annually, and the hospital’sChief of Emergency Services Robert Chin, MD, said the expansion represented a “huge step forward” in its ability to provide the best in emergency care in a modern setting.

“Our patients will experience a state-of-the-art environment that will enhance their privacy while providing a more streamlined and efficient flow through the ED.”

Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, who is the Democratic Party’s nominee for Brooklyn Borough President, said Woodhull’s emergency department was crucial to the health and safety of the North Brooklyn Community. He pointed out how the pandemic highlighted inequities faced by communities of color and the health facilities that serve as their anchors.

“Thanks to the support from my colleagues at the Brooklyn Delegation of the City Council, its co-chair Council Member Mark Treyger and Hospitals Committee Chair Council Member Carlina Rivera, we were able to allocate $5 million in capital funds to improve the space and services,” he said.

“It makes me incredibly proud to support my local hospital — the level of service and care from the entire Woodhull family that I have seen and experienced reinforces that government dollars should be spent on services and care for our neighbors.”

Anna Bradley-Smith

Anna Bradley-Smith is Brooklyn-based reporter with bylines in NBC, VICE, Slate and others. Follow her on Twitter @annabradsmith.

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