The Emergency Medicine Center of Excellence at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is a 911 receiving facility comprised of four major areas, managing approximately 140,000 visits per year. The Emergency Department consists of the Adult Emergency Department (ED), UrgiCare Center, Pediatric ED, and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Department. These divisions reflect our dual clinical missions: to provide emergent care to our immediate community and to provide specialty care to patients from the tri-state region (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) and beyond. The Adult Emergency Department cares for nearly 80,000 patients annually, 35% of which arrive by ambulance. One-fourth of the Adult ED patients are admitted to the hospital, a significant number of which require resuscitation and intensive care.
The Department reflects the cultural and economic diversity of our city. The spectrum of clinical pathology is broad, including a relatively higher acuity index than that of most academic centers. The ED provides the satisfaction of practicing in an underserved area. In addition, there is a daily influx of patients with complex needs, such as complications of organ transplantation, liver failure, and neuromuscular disease like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The Department offers a significant number of monitored beds, GYN rooms with portable ultrasonography, negative pressure rooms, an orthopedic cast care area and an asthma area. There is also a four-bed resuscitation room and a Hazmat (hazardous material) decontamination area. A very active Chest Pain Evaluation Program is being conducted in collaboration with the Division of Cardiology.
To better serve our patients and their families, we are completely redesigning our Adult ED. With this $90 million renovation, the size of the department will nearly double, from 25,000 square feet to 45,000 square feet, and the number of treatment bays will increase from 55 to 88. New medical and technological upgrades will let us adapt to future innovations as emergency medicine evolves.
The UrgiCare Center cares for approximately 13,000 walk-in patients annually, and is staffed by Emergency Medicine attending physicians, PAs and NPs. It is located at 166th Street and Audubon Avenue, (21 Audubon Avenue, Ground Floor), and is open Monday through Saturday, and most holidays.
The recently renovated Pediatric Emergency Department, part of Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, provides state-of-the-art care to approximately 50,000 children each year. It is designated a Pediatric Trauma Center for our region, and supports a fellowship program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
The Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) and its staff of attending physicians and residents care for approximately 6,000 patients per year.