Our Emergency nurses embrace a life of extreme variability and dynamic excitement. We provide an entryway to the highly advanced care, ongoing research and open-armed support that defines the NYP patient experience. Our nurses gain exposure to the widest variety of experiences imaginable: from community hospital settings to pediatric and psychiatric nursing centers to our burn center and beyond.
The Department of Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian provides round-the-clock care in one of the most diverse and dynamic cities in the world. The pace is swift. Interdisciplinary collaboration and respect go without saying. Our ED nurses comfort patients, make astute assessments and implement care every minute.
Answering The Call
We are a designated 911 Receiving Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center for both adult and pediatric, a Psychiatric Emergency Receiving Center and a Burn Center for the City of New York. We’re also the officially designated Emergency Department for numerous regional specialty care centers, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, Hospital for Special Surgery and Gracie Square Psychiatric Hospital.
Where We Work:
Renovated and expanded in 2005, the ED of NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital is serving the surrounding community around the clock. We accommodate more than 42,000 patients a year, with more than 7,000 subsequently admitted for inpatient care. We’re also a 911-designated receiving hospital, as well as a designated Stroke and Cardiac receiving center—treating both adult and pediatric walk-in patients. Our state-of-the-art emergency facility is designed to enhance the quality and efficiency of care while providing a comfortable environment for both patients and colleagues.
ED nurses make full use of the multidisciplinary expertise across our hospital. Physicians of various specialties, along with other disciplines of the healthcare team, regularly collaborate with the ED team. Special features include the Chest Pain Center and the Pediatric Room, a child-friendly area separate from the rest of the ED. Pediatric patients requiring admission are transferred to one of our other sites.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center is a full service quaternary care academic medical center. We provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for severely injured patients. As a 911 receiving facility, we have approximately 145,000 visits per year through our Adult Emergency Department (ED), UrgiCare Center, Pediatric ED and Comprehensive Psychiatric ED. These services reflect our overarching clinical mission: to provide emergency and specialty care to our community.
The Adult Emergency Department alone cares for approximately 75,400 patients annually, 35% of who arrive by ambulance. We admit around 26% of all Adult ED patients to the hospital, a significant number of whom require resuscitation and intensive care. Our Adult Emergency Department has developed highly successful programs in acute stroke care (as a Designated Stroke Center) and acute coronary care (as a Designated PCI/STEMI Center). Digital radiology technology (PACS) is available throughout the department, as is the web-based Clinical Information System (giving immediate access to patient-care data).
One of the most important projects in the Hospital’s capital plan is the expansion and renovation of the Adult Emergency Department at NYP/Columbia. The project, which will roughly double the size of the current ED, will not only enhance the patient experience but will also improve staff productivity and workflow. Plans call for an additional 21 acute bays and 12 rapid evaluation bays, as well as a new waiting area and psychiatric evaluation and treatment area.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital has become synonymous with coordinated, compassionate emergency care. Our nurses treat over 40,000 patients each year across an Adult Trauma Unit, Fast Track Unit, comprehensive Chest Pain Unit and dedicated Pediatric Emergency Suite. We are a 911 receiving hospital and community trauma center, specializing in rapid and comprehensive stroke response. We also house the largest bioterrorism decontamination unit in New York City.
On September 11, 2001, our department treated over 1,500 victims in the largest disaster response in American history. Each year since then, we have hosted an annual Emergency Preparedness Symposium bringing nurses, physicians and community leaders from across the nation together for sharing of best practices.
Award-Winning Stroke Care
NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital has earned Stroke Center designation from the New York State Department of Health, the Gold Level Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s "Get with the Guidelines" program, and listing among "America's Best Hospitals" for stroke care achievement by U.S.News & World Report.
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is a Level I Regional Pediatric Trauma Center, with the ability to accept any and all pediatric patients. Our Pediatric ED provides treatment to nearly 50,000 patients a year and handles nearly half of all admissions to NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Since 2006, our pediatric volume has increased a dramatic 11%.
Our patients benefit from being cared for by highly skilled specialty nurses, who offer emergency treatment for the full range of illness and injuries. Our new 25,000 sq. foot, state of the art ED opened in June 2011. We have expanded services and this new facility has the technological and safety amenities expected in a post-9/11 world. This includes a separate HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system capable of sustaining its own uncontaminated air supply in the event of a dirty bomb or biological attack.
As a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Regional Pediatric Trauma Center, our NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center location is one of the busiest EDs in New York City. We house the full range of resources necessary to care for the most severely injured and critically ill patients. Our ED cares for over 85,000 patients annually, 17,000 of who are admitted for inpatient care.
In addition, our ED is ready to accept critically ill patients who are referred to us from other hospitals. Patients experiencing severe burn conditions are directed here from our five NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital sites, our health care system partners and beyond.
ED Nurses across NYP are trained annually on recognition of stroke signs and symptoms. As clinicians, we recognize that getting care within the first 48 hours of a stroke is crucial to halting the cascade of damage. Maybe that’s why the American Heart Association awarded NYP with the “Gold Plus” award for stroke care in 2012. That means we achieved 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® indicators for 12 consecutive months.
NYP nurses follow a regimented treatment plan that includes getting the results of a CT scan within 30 minutes of arrival. Care is initiated in the ED, and the patient is then sent to a specialty unit—usually, one of our three stroke centers. These stroke centers (located at Columbia University Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Allen Hospital) are among the few New York State-designed primary stroke care centers in New York City.
NY Med, a medical documentary series about NewYork-Presbyterian, aired on ABC News on July to August 2012. That made NewYork-Presbyterian the first hospital in New York to be profiled for a major network series, following in the footsteps of its predecessors the award-winning programs “Hopkins” and “Boston Med.” Episode 2 chronicled the 24/7 drama, impact and excitement of an NYP emergency room. NYP was featured in the second season of NYMed in 2014.
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