Department of Public Affairs -- 8900 Van Wyck Expressway Jamaica, New York 11418
For Immediate Release
Name: Michael Hinck
Jamaica Hospital Adds Much Needed Beds to Help Address Bed Shortage in Queens
<br>November 11, 2009 (Jamaica, NY)-- With the reoccurrence of H1N1 cases and a steady 20% increase in emergency room visits since Mary Immaculate and St. John’s Hospitals closed, the partial opening of a newly transformed patient wing at Jamaica Hospital has provided the facility with some slight relief.
<br>Earlier this year, administration at Jamaica Hospital announced that it would add 39 medical-surgical beds to the facility, in an effort to help handle the surge of patients. Of the 39 beds, 16 were recently completed.
<br>“Additional hospital beds in Queens are needed now, much more than ever,” said David P. Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Hospital. “We are extremely glad to see the progress of our expansion and the benefits it has and will continue to offer the community.”
<br>The new beds are located on the south wing of the hospital’s sixth floor. This space formerly held three auditoriums and several clinical departments and medical offices. These offices have since been relocated to the hospital’s former nursing and rehabilitation center.
<br>Construction on the remaining 23 medical-surgical beds in the unit begun last month and is expected to be completed in the near future.
<br>In addition to transforming previous office space into a patient care unit, Jamaica Hospital also expanded its Emergency Room and Chest Pain Center earlier this year and completed the construction of its brand new Nursing and Rehabilitation Center this summer.
<br><b>Jamaica Hospital Medical Center</b> serves a population greater than 1.2 million in Queens and eastern Brooklyn. This 401-bed medical center is an accredited community teaching hospital with a large network of community-based ambulatory care centers. JHMC offers an array of acute inpatient, rehabilitation and mental health services, and is one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in New York City. The hospital provides general medical, pediatric, and dental services, in addition to home health services. Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s mission is to serve patients and the community in a way that is second to none. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-206-6020.