MANHATTAN – Mount Sinai Hospital is showing off a brand new, state-of-the-art emergency room for kids— part of a $70 million upgrade to the Upper East Side-adjacent medical center’s life-saving emergency department that also includes a new section for less-resource intensive, or low-acuity, adult ER patients.
“As our emergency department is often a starting point in a child’s health journey at Mount Sinai, our new facilities will ensure a best-in-class care experience,” says Dr. Fernando Ferrer, Chief Operating Officer of Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital.
Mount Sinai says the new pediatric emergency room, located on the main campus on Fifth Avenue between East 98th and 101st Streets in East Harlem, is designed specially for children and their families— providing a separate space from the adult area— while keeping the young patients connected to care and services from Kravis Children’s Hospital.
“This innovative facility, dedicated solely to children, will allow our talented teams of pediatric emergency medicine professionals and child life specialists to provide care in an environment designed to comfort both patients and their families,” said Dr. Ferrer.
Colorful lighting and an interactive video wall are meant to provide a comfortable, calming atmosphere for their pediatric patients, the hospital said, noting that bed space has nearly doubled.
There’s even a low-stimulation room for children with autism or other sensory challenges.
“We are excited to offer a more comfortable experience for pediatric patients,” said Dr. Christopher Strother, Mount Sinai’s Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
“The modern and functional design will allow our pediatric patients to get exceptional care when they are feeling their worst,” added Dr. Strother.
Meantime, the space for adult patients seeking less-severe emergency care has also received an upgrade with an expanded space to expedite triage and care.
“We expect to see improved outcomes as a result of these efforts,” explained President of Mount Sinai Hospital Dr. David Reich.
“This redesign and the clinical care principles we have put in place are just the beginning of our journey to transform emergency care at Mount Sinai,” Reich added.