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.