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Anne & Isidore Falk Center for Emergency Care at Lenox Hill Hospital Opens

February 20, 2007

Lenox Hill Hospital has announced the grand opening of the newly expanded Anne & Isidore Falk Center for Emergency Care. The expansion project is supported by the $20-million Campaign for Enhanced Emergency Care. Announced in the spring of 2004, $17.6 million has been raised to date for construction, equipment, technology and new ambulances. The campaign continues through 2007.

Each year, more than 40,000 patients come to the Lenox Hill Hospital Emergency Department in need of urgent medical attention. An additional 24,000 patients receive treatment through the Lenox Hill Hospital ambulance service. To accommodate the large numbers of patients in need of care, the Emergency Department has been enlarged to 15,750 square feet -- double its previous size. The new Department features:

  • 100% more space, for maximum privacy, comfort and efficiency
  • larger waiting area for families and loved ones
  • new specialty treatment rooms for Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
  • two separate entrances, one for walk-in patients and another for those arriving by ambulance, with separate triage at each entrance to speed access to care.
  • State-of-the-art cardiac monitors
  • Bedside laboratory testing
  • a new digital radiography suite
  • bedside registration, to speed access to care and enhance patient privacy.

As part of the Emergency Room expansion, Lenox Hill Hospital also became the first in New York to acquire equipment that enables its paramedics to transmit EKGs from the field directly to physicians in the Emergency Department. This new technology can reduce the time between a heart attack patient's arrival at the Hospital and treatment in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory by up to 30 minutes, resulting in less damage to the heart and better outcomes.

The hospital held an open house on January 18th for the public which included tours of the Emergency Department and a Wellness Fair with free blood pressure, stroke, cholesterol, diabetes and eye screenings, ambulance tours and defibrillator demonstrations.

Construction, which began in March 2004, was carried out in phases, to prevent interruption of patient care.

Lenox Hill Hospital is a recognized designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health.

Members of the press seeking information about Lenox Hill Hospital should call the Public Relations Department at (212) 434-2400.

Photo Above - Falk Ribbon Cutting: (L-R) Maurice Falk, Serafina Weiner & Rebecca Steindecker cut the ribbon to officially open Lenox Hill Hospital's newly expanded Emergency Department, named after their parents, Anne & Isidore Falk.

Guttmans and Children's Room:
Patricia and Edward Gutman in the new Emergency Department's Pediatric Room, a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gutman, long-time friends and supporters of Lenox Hill Hospital.








Lenox Hill Hospital Health Fair:
A gentleman getting a free blood pressure screening at the
Open House held for the new Emergency Department.