Mount Sinai Health System to provide emergency medical care services at RUMC

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A range of specialists, physicians and other medical personnel from the Mount Sinai Health System will soon populate the Emergency Department at Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), as the two health-care organizations move forward with a clinical and academic affiliation aimed at providing elite emergency medical care and trauma services to the borough.

“We are delighted to further expand and enhance our affiliation with Mount Sinai Health System,” said Daniel J. Messina, president and CEO of RUMC, commenting on the newest segment of the partnership between the two providers that was originally established in 2020. “Adding Mount Sinai’s emergency medicine expertise with our own team of experienced professionals here at RUMC will provide our community with expanded access to outstanding healthcare services available in the New York metropolitan area in a setting that’s close to home.”

The expanded affiliation, which will go into effect on July 1, comes as RUMC prepares to open its new 35,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Emergency Department this summer. Under the agreement, Mount Sinai and RUMC will integrate care for emergency medicine, trauma and critical care services provided at RUMC’s emergency department and extend admitting privileges at RUMC to Mount Sinai medical specialists.

“We look forward to collaborating with the leadership of RUMC and their dedicated team of professionals to bring Mount Sinai’s expertise in emergency medicine care to the community of Staten Island,” said Margaret Pastuszko, president and COO of Mount Sinai Health System, considered to be one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area. “The preservation of the current RUMC Emergency Department’s clinical and administrative leadership will also enhance a smooth transition for the patients and staff and drive optimally coordinated care. Mount Sinai’s mission is to advance medicine and health through unrivaled education, research and discovery — and to deliver care that is the safest, highest quality, and most accessible and equitable to all.”

RUMC’s Emergency Department, a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, is equipped to handle all levels of adult and pediatric emergencies and has designated areas for triage, pediatrics, chest/stroke care, trauma resuscitation, women’s health and urgent care. Treating over 50,000 patients annually, the Emergency Department is a New York State Department of Health designated Stroke and STEMI treatment center as well as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Center of Excellence. RUMC’s Emergency Department has cared for 9,000 coronavirus-positive patients since the pandemic began.

The hospital’s new Emergency Department will expand upon those services, providing 35,000 square feet of space, compared to 15,000 square feet in the hospital’s current ED, which was built in 1978 — an increase of 133%. Occupying the ground level of a new two-story pavilion connected to the existing hospital, the new ED will offer expanded emergency trauma and critical care as well as enhanced specialty areas for pediatrics and urgent care.

By Percy