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NYU Langone Opens Emergency Room for First Time Since Hurricane Sandy

By Heather Holland | April 24, 2014 3:18pm | Updated on April 24, 2014 4:19pm
 NYU Langone opened its brand new emergency department, featuring a new emergency pediatric center.
NYU Langone Emergency Department
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KIPS BAY — NYU Langone Medical Center opened a brand-new emergency department this week, after the hospital's former ER was flooded and forced to close following Hurricane Sandy.

The 22,000-square-foot center at 570 First Ave. near 33rd Street is more than three times the size of the hospital’s old emergency department and has flood protections including waterproof walls, according to a statement from NYU Langone.

“Since reopening the hospital, returning critical emergency services to New York City has been our top priority, and we are proud to introduce the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services,” Robert Grossman, dean and CEO of NYU Langone, said in a statement.

“This comfortable, state-of-the-art facility gives patients from the community access to advanced adult and pediatric care.”

The new center, which cost $81 million to build, features a separate ambulance entrance, spacious treatment rooms, state-of-the-art imaging facilities for quick testing and diagnosis and a 24/7 pharmacy. A new KiDS of NYU Pediatric Emergency Care Center has private treatment rooms, pediatric triage and a pediatric waiting area with toys and activities for kids.

“I visited the new emergency department on my way here,” Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said at a press conference on Thursday. “It’s high-tech, beautiful and welcoming to children. It almost makes me feel like I want an emergency.”

The emergency department is named for longtime NYU Langone trustee Ronald O. Perelman, who donated $50 million to fund its construction.

“When St. Vincent's [Hospital] closed down, I became very concerned [about] the lack of emergency care in lower Manhattan,” Perelman said during Thursday’s press conference, which was also attended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“When the hurricane came and shut down the emergency center at NYU Langone, it became a crisis situation," Perelman continued. "I'm happy and proud to have my name included at the NYU Medical Center."