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Reinventing Emergency Care: the Morgan Stanley Adult Emergency Department

Ranked 1st in New York City and 7th in the country, NewYork-Presbyterian manages more emergency visits that any of its top-ten peers on the U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll list. Each year, the population our physicians and nurses serve in the Adult Emergency Department at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia continues to grow. This vital community resource will only experience more strain, as seven New York City hospitals have closed their emergency departments in recent years.

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.

But reinventing emergency care means more than expanding our physical footprint. We are redesigning how we perform triage to speed case-by-case diagnosis and treatment for the diverse population we serve 24 hours a day. With Acute Care Emergency Districts for critical care, an Observation Unit for patients requiring extended ED evaluation, Rapid Medical Evaluation Unit for noncritical "walk-in" patients, and a Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation Program for patients with behavioral health issues, we will be able to deliver the best possible care more efficiently, with a goal of decreasing wait times for patients and families. The Morgan Stanley Adult Emergency Department is a vital investment in NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's commitment to clinical excellence and caring for those in need.

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