Flushing Hospital Medical Center is happy to announce the addition of James F. Giglio, MD as the new Chairman of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Giglio joined Flushing Hospital on April 27, after serving 17 years as the Chief of Emergency Medicine for New York Presybertian Hospital‰Ûªs Columbia and Allen campuses.

Dr. Giglio brings many years of Emergency Room experience and is very excited to be in his new role of serving one of the most culturally rich and ethnically diverse communities in the entire nation. Flushing Hospital treats over 40,000 patients in its Emergency Department every year. Many of those patients have roots from around the world and they bring their languages and customs with them when they come to Flushing Hospital‰Ûªs ER. Dr. Giglio believes that is the job of the ER doctors to understand and respect everyone‰Ûªs beliefs and traditions and to treat each patient as an individual.

Dr. Giglio‰Ûªs philosophy comes from years of experience working in the Emergency Room. In that time, he has seen a dramatic change in how care is delivered. ‰ÛÏIn the past, ER doctors had a singular role ‰ÛÒ to save lives, and the long ER waits and impersonalized care that was associated with this way of providing treatment was accepted,‰Û states Dr. Giglio, who added, ‰ÛÏThat way of thinking needs to be flipped upside down. I believe that just as important as providing life-saving care is doing it in a compassionate and respectful manner, where every person who visits our ER feels like they are our only patient.‰Û

What made Flushing Hospital the right fit for Dr. Giglio is both share a desire to improve the health of the community. Many of the people who come to Flushing Hospital don‰Ûªt have a primary care physician and need assistance finding the best resources to maintain and improve their health. Flushing Hospital has added many services and initiatives to educate the community and provide them with the tools to live a healthier lifestyle. ‰ÛÏImproving the wellness of our community is one of our highest priorities for Flushing Hospital and those efforts should start in the ER‰Û states Dr. Giglio

While compassion and individualized care are priorities for everyone in Flushing Hospital‰Ûªs ER, running an efficient department that provides well-coordinated care with the hospital‰Ûªs entire network of services is equally important. To ensure that every aspect of patient care is addressed, Dr. Giglio plans to take a very ‰ÛÏhands-on‰Û approach to running the Emergency Department. Dr. Giglio states, ‰ÛÏI can‰Ûªt wait to get to know the community, take care of the emergency care needs, and offer them help to better manage their health so together we can build a healthier Flushing.‰Û

Flushing Hospital Medical Center serves a community of over 1.9 million residents throughout Queens. This 293-bed facility is an accredited community teaching hospital that has over 40 general and specialty clinics, including Internal and Pediatric Medicine, Ophthalmology, Podiatry, OB/GYN, Dentistry, and Mental Health. The hospital also has the only patient Geriatric Medical Unit in Queens and an extensive Community Outreach Department. In 1999, FHMC was credited with discovering an outbreak of the West Nile Virus. Flushing Hospital Medical Center‰Ûªs mission is to provide superior service to patients and the community in a caring environment. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-670-8930.