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Emergency Department Expansion

St. John’s Riverside Hospital will file an application with the New York State Department of Health for $10 million in Vital Access Provider (VAP) Grant funds to restructure and expand the Emergency Department (ED) at St. John’s Andrus Pavilion in Yonkers.

“Clearly, Yonkers needs this expansion and modernization of emergency room capacity. The St. John’s health network plays a vital role in the health of Yonkers residents as well as the economic well-being of the City of Yonkers,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Not only does St. John’s employ nearly 2,500 people in health and health related occupations, it is the largest private employer in the City and as such contributes greatly to the fiscal health of the third largest City in NY State. Also a project of this magnitude will bring construction and other new health related jobs to our city, ensuring a prosperous Yonkers.”

St. John's Riverside Hospital needs a new Emergency Department (ED). It is the fastest growing healthcare facility in lower Westchester County. The ED  currently sees 38,000 patients in a space built for 25,000 and its volume is continuing to grow at over 3% a year. Yonkers is the third largest city in the state of New York and needs an emergency facility that can meet the needs of its residents.

 It is important to recognize that the healthcare community in southern Westchester is vulnerable and we need to keep our Hospital strong and efficient through projects such as this Emergency Department expansion.

St. John's is also the largest private employer in the city and a project such as this will have great economic impact, both directly in health-related and construction jobs and indirectly with an increased positive impact on the local economy.

We therefore request your support in having the State Department of Health provide HEAL funding for this vital project.


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  • Renderings

  • Press Release

      ST. JOHN’S SEEKS $10 MILLION TO RE-STRUCTURE
      & EXPAND ITS EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

      Yonkers (November 19, 2012) – St. John’s Riverside Hospital today announced that it will file an application with the New York State Department of Health for $10 million in Vital Access Provider (VAP) Grant funds to restructure and expand the Emergency Department (ED) at St. John’s Andrus Pavilion in Yonkers.

      “Clearly, Yonkers needs this expansion and modernization of emergency room capacity. The St. John’s health network plays a vital role in the health of Yonkers residents as well as the economic well-being of the City of Yonkers,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Not only does St. John’s employ nearly 2,500 people in health and health related occupations, it is the largest private employer in the City and as such contributes greatly to the fiscal health of the third largest City in NY State. Also a project of this magnitude will bring construction and other new health related jobs to our city, ensuring a prosperous Yonkers.”

      “St. John’s is a key provider of emergency services in Yonkers and Southern Westchester,” said Ronald J. Corti, President & CEO of St. John’s. “St. John’s current emergency department is now treating 38,600 ER visits annually and was only built to accommodate 25,000 a year. At this rate of growth, we project a need for our facility to handle 50,000 ER visits,” he said. “Furthermore, we are applying for State funds to include observation beds, a geriatric area and urgent care center as well as providing diagnostic imaging capability within the Emergency Department.”

      Thomas T. Lee, MD, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. John’s says, “Throughout its history, St. John’s has been guided by its mission of service to its community, and the restructuring and redesign of our severely overcrowded emergency department will help us continue this mission by helping to optimize patient processing and improve our efficiency. A larger integrated ED design will also improve the quality of care and patient experience and will be accomplished through patient-centered treatment areas, observation bays and separate patient and ambulance entrances.”
      "This project is of vital importance to so many of the residents of Southern Westchester. My constituents deserve an emergency services provider that can deliver high quality, appropriate care and St. John's has always delivered that level of care," said NY State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins. "We now need to support this expanded facility so St. John's can continue to meet the demands of our growing population and the healthcare challenges that we are currently facing."

      "St. John's Hospital is a fixture in the Lower Hudson Valley, having served local residents and the broader community for over 140 years. As Chairman of the New York State Senate's Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, I teamed up with St. John's to build a comprehensive drug rehabilitation program for those in need. Based upon the
      professionalism and success of St. John's programs, I support the hospital's recent application for a Heal Vital Access grant aimed at expanding their emergency room services. If St. John's recent success is any guide, such an expansion could stand to benefit a significant number of New York residents," said NY State Senator Jeff Klein.

      “A project such as this one benefits our 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East members and their families on a number of levels. One, it is important to bring new health jobs to the Yonkers and Southern Westchester communities, especially in an economy such as this one, when so many are unemployed, and two, an improved facility such as the proposed St. John’s Emergency Department will help all our staff who have need of emergency services for themselves or their families,” said Maria Kercado, Vice President, 1199.

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  • Fact Sheet

      ST. JOHN’S RIVERSIDE HOSPITAL (SJRH)
      MEETING THE HEALTHCARE NEEDS OF YONKERS

      St. John’s Riverside Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) must expand.

      Changes to the healthcare landscape in Yonkers and the surrounding communities over the last decade have furthered the severe overcrowding in the St. John’s Andrus Pavilion ED. Three nearby hospitals have closed: Yonkers General, St. Agnes and United; which were responsible for a combined 40,000 ED visits when in operation.

      SJRH is proposing to build 29 treatment areas in comparison to the 19 areas currently available. This includes:
      •    6 urgent care stations that allow SJRH to care for the patients in its community effectively and efficiently, as there is often a lack of primary care physicians to attend to their needs. Urgent care beds will take the pressure off the acute care ED treatment spaces.
      • 20 emergency beds, 1 resuscitation bed, 2 behavioral health beds.
      •  New rapid assessment zone; including 2 triage areas, 1 testing area and 15 areas for those waiting for test results.
      •  6 new observation beds that allow SJRH to treat patients effectively without admitting them.
      •  New design includes a space dedicated for diagnostic imaging to be strictly used by ED patients.

      SJRH is the fastest growing health care facility in Lower Westchester.
      SJRH is a federally qualified medically underserved community. The SJRH community has grown by 3.2 percent while other areas of the county have witnessed population declines. SJRH emergency department patient visits have increased from 33,500 visits in 2006 to 38,956 visits through September 2012.

      The SJRH Emergency Department is now above capacity.

      The ED has grown substantially over the past few years. Currently, SJRH treats over 38,000 patient visits in an ED space designed to accommodate 25,000 visits annually.

      The new SJRH ED will improve response time to provide life-saving treatment.
      With an increase in ambulance visits from 2,946 to over 3,400 projected in 2012; St. John’s has had considerable time on diversion estimated to exceed 162 hours in 2012, increasing the time before a patient undergoes physician care.  


      An expanded SJRH ED would stimulate fiscal growth and create new jobs for Yonkers.

      The SJRH health network plays a vital role both as a vital economic engine for the City of Yonkers and as a vital access provider. SJRH employs nearly 2,500 people in health and health-related occupations and as such is the largest employer in the City of Yonkers excluding city government.
      • St. John’s reinvests in its facilities, creating new job opportunities specifically, in health care and in the construction and ancillary industries.
      • The SJRH ED expansion will add 100 to 200 additional health care employees and construction jobs.
      • SJRH provides jobs and income to people in the community. As these employees spend their income in the community, a ripple spreads throughout the economy, creating additional jobs and income in other economic sectors.
      • As the third largest health care employer in Westchester County, the SJRH system generates an estimated $44.1 million to the Westchester economy and in 2010 paid out $145.2 million in salaries and employee benefits. We therefore, place the value of SJRH economic activity in the county at $200 million. With our expansion plan, we anticipate to add another $15 million in economic impact to the region.

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