Winthrop's $6.6 Million Emergency Department Renovation and Expansion Project Continues to Move Right Along


Vol. 12, No. 2
August, 2002

  • Winthrop’s New Radiation Oncology Center Offers Most Advanced Technology and Outpatient Treatment in Region Provides
    Patients with Quick, Targeted Treatment

  • Winthrop Surgeons Offer New Hope for People with Morbid Obesity

  • Winthrop’s Orthopedic Surgeons Provide Access to New Type of Relief for Knee Pain
    Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedure May Help Those Slowed Down by Osteoarthritis

  • Comprehensive Neurological Intensive Care Unit Opens at Winthrop
    New Unit Provides Patients with Advanced Monitoring Technology

  • Biofeedback Therapy Offers Patients at Winthrop Control Over Their Own Health

  • Allergy Sufferers - Prepared for Allergy Season?

  • Important Sun Safety Tips for Healthy Summer Skin

  • Winthrop’s $6.6 Million Emergency Department Renovation and Expansion Project Continues to Move Right Along

  • Plans for Multi-Faith Chapel in the Works as Winthrop’s Pastoral Care and Education Program Continues to Reach out to Patients

  • First Epileptic Patient Undergoes PET Scan at Winthrop’s PET Imaging Center

  • Latex Allergies a Big Concern
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  • Healthcare with a Smile - It’s the Personal Touch that Makes Winthrop Welcoming and World Class

  • Life and the Human Spirit Celebrated at Cancer Survivor’s Day

  • Local Family Raises $6,400 to Benefit Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids

  • Marvin Tiger Foundation Donation Provides Children at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids with Hours of Fun, Entertainment

  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals Donates $10,000 to Winthrop’s Emergency Services Program

  • Sleep Disorders Center at Winthrop Achieves AASM Reaccreditation

  • 78th Annual Meeting of Winthrop-University Hospital’s Auxiliary Recounts a Year of Many Successes

  • Winthrop Physicians Named Among Elite in New York Magazine’s 2002 Listing of the “Best Doctors in New York”

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  • Agiant aquarium filled with colorful saltwater fish welcomes every patient who walks into the new, spacious emergency room waiting area—just one of the many exciting components of the on-going $6.6 million renovation of Winthrop's Emergency Department.


    The new Pediatric waiting area boasts a colorful fish tank and child-friendly toys.
    The ultra-modern waiting area now includes a private and expanded triage and registration area. Skylights overhead and a wall of windows cast a warm glow over the entire room, creating a comfortable atmosphere. Additionally, the bright and open waiting area allows for increased interaction between the emergency staff and patients.

    "Our staff has greater visibility and can better observe and care for the patients that come through the Emergency Department," said Patricia Benzenberg, RN, Head Nurse of the Emergency Department.

    The Department also boasts a new, separate pediatric waiting area to cater to the needs of younger patients and their families. Designed in bright, cheerful colors, the waiting area includes a television set and children-sized furniture.

    According to Gerald Brody, MD Chairman of the Emergency Department, the initial phase of the project saw the addition of a new Fast Track and the 15-bed Phyllis and Nathan Mistretta Chest Pain rule-out unit, and a new, covered ambulance bay, which can house up to seven emergency vehicles.

    "The next phase of the renovation project will include the new 10-bed Pediatric Emergency Room," explained Dr. Brody. "With four isolation rooms and a central nurses station, this new area will cater to our younger patients and their families."


    The new Emergency Room waiting area is bright and open.
    In addition to the new physical enhancements to the Emergency Department, patients have a new resource to assist them during their visit to the ED - John Duran, Patient Navigator.

    "As the patient navigator, I help make the patients and their families comfortable," said Mr. Duran. "I talk to them, get them food, drinks or blankets - whatever they need. Knowing how to communicate and put people at ease is a major part of my job."

    Mr. Duran also speaks fluent Spanish, providing a valuable service to non-English speaking patients.

    "Our new and expanded Department will continue to provide our patients with seamless, superior emergency care," added Dr. Brody. "We are very excited about the improvements and look forward to the project's completion in the near future."

    For more information on Winthrop's Emergency Services Program, call 1-516-663-0333.

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