The $18 million renovation and expansion of LINCOLN MEDICAL and MENTAL HEALTH CENTER's top-rated emergency department is currently in progress. The new emergency department will provide additional facilities to treat the more than 145,000 patients each year in the busiest emergency room in New York City. The existing emergency room at Lincoln Hospital, built in 1972, will be renovated and expanded to create a new larger emergency department, featuring the latest state-of-the-art technology.
Medicine clinics, currently located next to the emergency department, will be moved to the first floor of a two-story glass-faced annex to be constructed at the front of the hospital at a cost of $5.5 million. The second floor of the annex will be used for future programs.
Once completed, the emergency department expansion will provide an elegant walk-in entrance for patients, a private vehicle drop-off, and a separate area for ambulance traffic. The new design provides greater efficiency, improved patient privacy, comfortable amenities in patient care areas and public spaces, children's play area, adequate bathroom facilities and comfortable seating.
LINCOLN MEDICAL and MENTAL HEALTH CENTER's Level 1 Trauma Center has been recognized for many innovations including a full complement of specialized physicians with certification in pediatric emergency medicine, a Telephone Triage service to reduce unnecessary emergency department visits, and a Center of Excellence for victims of sexual assault. The hospital scored 98 out of a possible 100 in its last accreditation survey by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO), and Consumers Digest Magazine recently recognized the facility as one of the top fifty "exceptional hospitals" in the nation.