Coney Island Hospital Emergency Room expansion

The emergency room at Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) is undergoing a $10 million, 7,500-square-foot expansion that aims to reduce crowding, increase the number of treatment spaces and cut waiting times in the bustling facility.

Hospital officials and local politicians braved the frigid temperatures on Friday morning to hold a groundbreaking ceremony, where they praised Coney Island Hospital’s plans to better serve the community.

“This project is an important component of the Coney Island revitalization plan,” said City Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. “As we build more housing and attractions, we need to ensure Coney Island Hospital can handle a greater influx of people. This institution has been a great partner in the Coney Island community, and I’m proud to work with them as we move toward a new day in Coney Island.”

The new facility is expected to be completed by 2014. The current emergency department will continue to operate 24/7 during construction.

Coney Island Hospital’s emergency department cares for nearly 6,000 patients each month, making it one of the busiest emergency rooms in Brooklyn. The planned expansion will increase the current 10,500-square-foot space by 60 percent, and will also add three triage rooms, 21 treatment/exam rooms, 10 dedicated adult critical care/trauma bays, 15 rapid care exam rooms, two airborne isolation rooms and an external decontamination facility.

The addition is being built adjacent to the existing emergency room, on the southeastern corner of the complex.

Below are photos from the groundbreaking, in addition to the floor layout and exterior renderings of the new building. TDX Construction is responsible for the design and development, having previously worked on Columbia Medical Center, Harlem Hospital Center and Jacobi Medical Center, among others.

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  • BrooklynBus

    Coney Island Hospital has made tremendous progress in the past ten years. It used to be a real hell hole, and its cardiac unit was its only good asset. Today, you get quality care there and I’ve found the staff to be exceptional.

    • Jal5503

      Its about time they expanded the Emergency Room, Superb service from a HHC hospital. Kings Highway, now run by Beth Israel is still a hell hole as well as community hospital run by Cornell.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

        Having had experience with all three in the past year and a half, Community is excellent, and Beth Israel is acceptable. CIH is still disorganized.

        • BrooklynBus

          I had a very bad experience with Beth Israel, and was satisfied with Community. See my CI comment below.

    • Jal5503

      Its about time they expanded the Emergency Room, Superb service from a HHC hospital. Kings Highway, now run by Beth Israel is still a hell hole as well as community hospital run by Cornell.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      It’s still a hell hole. It only looks good by comparison to what it was ten years ago.

      • BrooklynBus

        Unfortunately, I’ve had to deal with them a half dozen times in the past two years. Each time I found the staff to be exceptional. Right now I’m dealing with Social Services and it’s the first problem I’m having. Every time except once, I was able to speak to the covering doctor within five minutes. At other hospitals, I’ve had to wait a half hour.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

          I went to CIH with a friend who having a severe asthma attack and it took 20 minutes before someone saw her. Not a good procedure in that instance. Community has a smaller staff, but they are better organized. And less frantic an environment, I found Beth Israel to be better than CIH, but the wait after the initial interview was somewhat long.

          I had a bad experience with CIH’s social services department when my mother was ill. I won’t disclose the details, but it seemed an indication of corrupt practices.

          • BrooklynBus

            I remember when the Emergency Room wait until you get a bed was routinely about 16 hours. Now it is around 3.

            The Community is fine for what they can do which is not much. Once I needed a specialist like a neurologist and they told me that they don’t have one on staff on a daily basis and only call one in when needed. Coney Island is much better equipped.

            My experience with Beth Israel years ago was that they were more interested in keeping their beds occupied, even if the patient could be released. At Coney Island, at least they were honest. They wanted to discharge my sister after one day, and told me that considering her condition they were afraid they would kill her if they kept her there longer.

  • Christina

    Where did the money for this come from?

  • Anonymous

    One of my friends who is a doctor told me ones.. If anything happens .. make sure you tell them not to take you to Coney Island.

  • Anonymous

    its actually a good hospital. just came from there today. good service and care.

  • Russian_AK47

    you will literilly die faster in this hospital

    i was hear like 1 month ago took them so freaking long to finally treat me,
    and they had look alike harold and kumar doctors there to that shyt was funny

  • Russian_AK47

    they told me to come back the next day for examination with the doctor i had a broken cheek bone
    i never f came back there, they can lick my left nut

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had two experiences with CIH in the past two years. One was outstanding – finding a hand surgeon on call in the emergency room and the other pathetic. It’s a mixed bag as far as I can tell.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KGBStyle Ruslan Palankerin

    This place sucks. Period….

  • Edlane Nyc

    Did anybody ask the surrounding community how we would feel. Any environmental impact study? FYI, my mom had dementia and admitted at one point. She walked out of her room past the nursing station down the elevator and out the front door in her hospital gown and nobody stopped her. Good job.

    • BrooklynBus

      Everyone must have been asleep. Anyway, I don’t see how this relates to the need for expanding the emergency room.

  • Toubis

    They should spend the money improving the ER instead of expanding it.

    • BrooklynBus

      I was just there an hour ago. It really is very crowded and needs to be expanded. They were very well-organized and seem to be doing the best with what they have.

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