QUEENS, NY – A little more than one year ago, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst was the epicenter of the epicenter of the world’s worst public health crisis in a century. Tomorrow, May 18, the hospital will again make history, but for good reason as Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. will host a press conference to announce his commitment to fund two significant healthcare investments at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.
The first of two multimillion dollar allocations made by Borough President Richards will support the creation of a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst — the first such investment at either of the two NYC Health + Hospitals campuses in Queens.
Currently, Queens children in need of intensive medical care are transferred out of the NYC Health + Hospitals system to systems such as Northwell Health, which operates a PICU at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s new PICU will allow the facility to offer life-saving intensive medical care to children right on site, while also establishing a more centralized location for Queens families to receive such critical care.
Cohen Children’s Medical Center is more than 15 miles from Far Rockaway, Long Island City and other sections of southern and western Queens — requiring trips of more than 30 minutes by car or 90 minutes by public transportation.
The second of two allocations to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst will support the conversion of two undersized operating rooms at the facility into full-size, full-service operating rooms. The expansion of the two rooms will allow the hospital to perform a wider array of surgical procedures there, while also decreasing overall surgical wait times for patients.
The other political people and Elmhurst Hospital staff on hand were, Danny Dromm Council member, Catalina Cruz, Assembly Member, Senator Jessica Ramos and council member Francisco Moya., DR. Mitchell Katz, President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals, and Helen Arteaga Landaverde, MPH as the CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst and many Nursing and doctors from Elmhurst hospital spoke and thanked Queens Borough President Donovan Richards for providing 5 Million dollars of funding for Elmhurst Hospital.