Elmhurst Hospital Center
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Number of beds: 551
Centrally located amid the most ethnically diverse community in the world, Elmhurst Hospital Center is responsible for the care of more than one million Queens residents hailing from every ethnicity and cultural background imaginable.
According to Hospital Executive Director and Queens Health Network Senior Vice President Chris Constantino, Elmhurst has counted more than 100 languages spoken in its patient population. With such an assorted patient base, this multicultural institution boasts an extensive interpretation service, access to an exorbitant range of specialties and serves as the major tertiary care provider in the Borough.
First and foremost, Elmhurst Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and Stroke Center, which means 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it is equipped to provide the highest level of surgical care to any patients suffering from serious or life-threatening injuries.
In addition to this distinction, the hospital also serves as an Emergency Heart Care Station and a 911 receiving hospital. Additionally, it is the premiere health care organization for key areas such as Surgery, Cardiology, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Rehabilitation Medicine, Renal and Mental Health Services.
The 551 beds are divided between ICU, psychiatric, maternity, medical-surgical, neonatal, pediatric and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
In 2011, EHC received 540,696 outpatient visits and 143,466 emergency room visits, making it one of the busiest ERs in New York City. Also, in 2011, 3,748 babies were delivered at Elmhurst, which accounts for the most deliveries in the region.
In addition to the hospital’s highly developed care management program, some other notable achievements Constantino mentioned were the fact that Elmhurst is only one of a few Magnet-designated public hospitals in the country, a distinction that means its nurses are highly qualified, and the hospital’s involvement with Interboro RHIO, a state system to share health records and information across a network of physicians.
He also noted in terms of specialties, Elmhurst Hospital is especially proud of their highly-developed divisions of Women’s Health, Cancer Care and Cardiac Care.
Constantino said Elmhurst is one of the few hospitals that have received grant money to expand its care management program, which in addition to coordinating care to keep patients out of the hospital, also helps to end patient’s hospital visits as soon as possible.
According to their website, Elmhurst Hospital Center’s obstetric service is the largest among the City’s Health and Hospitals Corp facilities. The hospital offers a full range of services, including genetic counseling, advanced ultrasonography, pre-natal care and management of pregnancy complications, from simple to complex. In 2014, the hospital plans to open a new Women’s Healthcare Services Pavilion.
Elmhurst Hospital Center is affiliated with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is a member of the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation.
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
45th Avenue & Parsons Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11355
Number of beds: 293
Flushing Hospital is Queens’ first and oldest hospital, opening in 1884.
It has grown into a 293-bed health care hub, and not-for-profit teaching hospital.
The institution’s Emergency Department treated more than 45,000 patients in 2013. There were about 40,000 patients seen in the hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center and more than 2,800 babies were delivered during that year as well.
Flushing Hospital has a full-service Emergency Department, consisting of separate adult and pediatric units. It is also a 911 receiving hospital and a state-designated stroke center.
Flushing Hospital’s expanded Cardiology Department provides inpatient and outpatient testing. With the addition of state-of the art equipment and staff, the Cardiology Department now provides a wider variety of services and advanced testing with better diagnosis and quicker results for both the inpatient and outpatient services
The Ambulatory Care Center has more than 40 general and specialty clinics, including Internal and Pediatric Medicine, Ophthalmology, Podiatry, OB/GYN, Dentistry and Mental Health, among others.
With a comprehensive range of services and broad range of subspecialties, Flushing Hospital’s Department of Pediatrics provides care for acute and chronic illnesses in infants, children and young adults. The department’s specialty areas and services include a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as well as a newborn nursery, an infant apnea monitoring program for infants at risk for sudden infant death and an Early Intervention Program for infants with suspected or confirmed developmental delays.
The center’s overriding philosophy combines the traditional medicine of the East with the technology of Western medicine. The entire staff is culturally sensitive to the traditions and practices of their patients. All of the staff, including physicians, nurses and administrative personnel, are multi-lingual, many speaking both the Cantonese and Mandarin dialects of Chinese, as well as English.
Forest Hills Hospital
102-01 66th Road
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Number of beds: 222
Forest Hills-LIJ Hospital is located two blocks east of Queens Boulevard at 66th Road and 102nd Street. The 222-bed facility, formerly called LaGuardia Hospital, was acquired by LIJ in 1996. Its importance to public health in central Queens grew in the last few years with the closing of nearby Parkway Hospital in 2008 and St. John’s Hospital in 2009. Forest Hills saw a rise of more than 40 percent in emergency room admittances in the years after those hospitals closed.
Forest Hills Hospital is known for its Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program, where surgeon may perform minimally invasive procedures using fiber optic technology with little blood loss. Also, doctors can use a procedure called cell salvage, which returns any blood shed during surgery to the body, or a process called hemodilution, when a calculated number of units of the patients’ blood is removed just prior to any anticipated significant surgical blood loss. A hormone called Erythropoietin (EPO) is often used to prevent or can help recovery from anemia that could result from hemodilution.
Forest Hills-LIJ is also known for specializing in weight-loss surgery. Candidates must have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40, or those who are 100 pounds overweight, or anyone with a BMI of 35-40 who suffers from potential life-threatening conditions like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea.
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expy.
Jamaica, NY 11418
Number of beds: 431
Resting at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center remains the predominant source of care for southern Queens, serving about 1.2 million residents of Queens and southeast Brooklyn. The hospital was established in 1891 in a rented four-bedroom home.
With much of the Borough’s healthcare system contracting, Jamaica added The Trump Pavilion, an adult nursing facility, in 2009.
The hospital boasts a host of specialties and centers, geared at treating various illnesses.
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery expanded to include a total joint replacement program.
The hospital’s Radiology department has an MRI and 64-slice CT scanner, ultrasound and mammography, among other technologies.
Jamaica also offers mental health treatments. Inpatient and outpatient help is available, as well as a psychiatric Emergency Department. It provides professional counseling to adults, young children, adolescents and foster-care children, among others, treating anything from marital stress to depression.
The hospital’s Pediatrics Department provides a wide variety of care for kids from birth into adolescence. The department consists of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a nursery and a playroom.
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation contains “The Brady Institute,” which is nationally recognized for treating brain injuries and assisting coma recoveries. There is also the Margaret T. Palomino Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, which specializes in physical disabilities. The department also offers out-patient rehabilitation services.
The Palliative Care Consultation Program services patients facing life-threatening illnesses and their families. Jamaica added a four-bed hospice unit to care for those with less than two weeks to live.
The Cardiology Department has a cardiac catheterization laboratory and a non-invasive laboratory.
Jamaica’s Department of Anesthesia began a Pain Management Practice, which explores treatment options for patients suffering from chronic pain.
Lastly, the hospital also provides dental services at its recently added Department of Dentistry. The center features a 15-chair dental clinic as well as a separate, four-chair faculty practice within its 11,000 square feet of space.
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
270-05 76th Ave.
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Number of beds: 583
Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s unique location on the border of Queens and Nassau Counties makes the 583-bed hospital an important medical facility for residents of both. Ninety percent of its patients are from one of the two counties, but its patient population reaches beyond to Brooklyn, Suffolk County and even New Jersey.
LIJ is well known for its extensive cardiac program. The hospital has received high praise for its angioplasty procedures and treatment of cardiac ailments.
LIJ has also been recognized in the field of cancer treatment. In Nov. 2010, LIJ introduced the The TrueBeam system, a new state-of-the-art treatment system for cancers that are treatable with radiotherapy. It uniquely integrates new imaging and motion management technologies within a sophisticated new architecture that makes it possible to deliver treatments more quickly while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion.
LIJ’s Department of Otolaryngology is a leading department in the treatment of injuries and diseases having to do with the nose and sinuses or brain surgery using nasal passages. A unique facility within the Department of Otolaryngology is the Schein Voice and Laryngeal Center, which exists to diagnose and treat patients with voice problems. The center treats patients with voice disorders caused by benign growths such as nodules or polyps as well as those with vocal demands, cancerous growths that affect the voice box or respiratory or neurological impairments.
Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens
25-10 30th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11102
Number of beds: 235
Mt. Sinai Queens offers what they herald as a full spectrum of sophisticated inpatient and outpatient services with a team of physicians that represent 36 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Those include cardiology, breast health, minimally invasive surgery, vascular care and an orthopedic center. It is also a New York State designated Stroke Center – meaning it is highly equipped to treat stroke victims.
Founded as Daly’s Astoria Sanatorium in 1910, Mt. Sinai has been serving Queens residents for 100 years. The original stucco hospital building still stands behind the main hospital building.
Located in the most diverse county in the country and perhaps the most diverse place in the world, the physicians and staff speak more than 50 languages.
In March 2010, Mt. Sinai Queens instituted their first ever Department of Orthopedics, complete with a Chief of Orthopedics, which has helped doctors focus in increasing quality of care for patients.
“That was a pretty big deal in terms of being able to focus on the kids of surgeries that are done: knee replacements, hip replacements, hand surgery, all the joints,” said Mt. Sinai Spokeswoman Shelly Felder. “We are also known for our orthoscopic procedures, and what’s important and interesting about the way we treat patients is we have a lot of open forums.”
A support group for former and potential patients, the department hosts a monthly class where patients share their stories.
Hospital staff are sending patients home faster and in better shape through updated protocols that find patients receiving rehabilitation services twice a day, rather than the old standard of once a day. Mt. Sinai offers speech and physical therapy on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
Mt. Sinai officials are proud to host the only stroke center in Queens certified by the Joint Commission.
“We are noted for the vascular care, how we treat patients once they are identified,” Felder said. “We are noted for the high quality of care and the way that we treat stroke victims, and the rehabilitation we offer once we have identified a victim is excellent. It makes a difference in recovery.”
New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens
56-45 Main St.
Flushing, NY 11355
Number of beds: 535
With an extensive network spreading like a spider web around the Borough, New York Hospital Queens continues to be one of Queens’ high-impact hospitals.
Stephen S. Mills, President and CEO of NYHQ, followed through on his 2011 agenda, creating an expansion in care, services and locations.
Recently, NYHQ celebrated the ribbon cutting of their Emergency Department’s Urgent Care Center. The center has allowed NYHQ to expand community access to health care, adding more hospital beds for people who need immediate medical attention and can be discharged within a few hours.
In September of 2010, NYHQ opened its “West Wing,” an addition to its hospital. The seven-floor building is 190,000-square-feet and adds 80 beds to the hospital. The new wing earned the hospital a place in the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Building Hall of Fame.
The private not-for-profit’s 1,400-plus doctors constitute a wide range of specialties and services.
NYHQ has created an expansive network of care centers around the Borough. With specialties ranging from dentistry to breast health, the hospital strives to have a center located within the borough that specializes in nearly any ailment.
The hospital’s Emergency Department is staffed by physicians specializing in emergency medicine and certified in advanced cardiac life support, advanced trauma life support and pediatric advanced life support. Physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses specially-trained in emergency medicine and trauma are skilled in identifying urgent medical conditions that require immediate intervention.
The 36-bed Telemetry and six-bed Stepdown Units are designed for patients with heart disease who require heart rhythm monitoring, specialized diagnostic and interventional procedures, or specific therapy and monitoring. This unit is for those individuals who are recovering from cardiac surgery, coronary interventions such as stent placement, cardiac electrophysiological procedures such as pacemaker implantations, or patients needing specific drugs for heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias or angina.
Parker Jewish Institute
271-11 76th Ave.
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Number of beds: 527
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation is a nonprofit for the health care and rehabilitation of adults.
Parker was founded over a century ago in 1907. Originally a shelter for 25 indigent men and women, Parker Jewish has evolved into a nationally-recognized health center. It is also a leading academic campus for the training of health care professionals and studies related to aging.
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th St.
Jamaica, NY 11432
Number of beds: 316
Queens Hospital Center, one of two public hospitals in the Borough, has been working to ensure everyone in Queens has access to the care they need.
The hospital opened its doors as Queens General Hospital in 1935 and has since grown to a state-of-the-art facility with 316 beds. The Jamaica-based hospital serves central and Southeast Queens.
When St. John’s and Mary Immaculate Hospitals closed their doors in 2008, QHC felt a need to do whatever they could to offset the loss of healthcare in the Borough. The hospital added 40 impatient beds by the end of 2010, which helped the hospital better serve the community.
Encompassing 360,000 square feet, it now includes spacious ambulatory care suites featuring both primary and specialty services and cutting-edge equipment. It also houses four Centers of Excellence in Cancer Care, Diabetes Management, Women’s Health and Behavioral Health.
Outside of the hospital, QHC partners with clinics in the community to provide free or low-cost healthcare to people in Southeast Queens. The South Jamaica Multi-Service Center, located at 114-02 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., has been providing care for more than 30 years. One of the main missions of the center is to reduce the high rate of teen pregnancy in the area. For more information, call (718) 883-6699.
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital South Shore
327 Beach 19th St.
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Number of beds: 257
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is a full service community hospital serving the Rockaways and the Five Towns communities. Its overall goal in patient care is to combine accessible, medical excellence with the compassionate, caring environment expected from a faith-based community hospital.
The hospital is designated as a Stroke Center by the State Hospital Review and Planning Council of the New York State Department of Health. With that designation, people living in the area who suffer an acute stroke can be treated with speed, increasing the chance of survival and improved outcomes.
The criteria for stroke center designation was developed from the Brain Attack Coalition Guidelines and according to a release sent by the hospital, are consistent with the American Stroke Association standards for acute stroke treatment. The Stroke Center Demonstration Project of 2003 demonstrated that stroke centers provide significant improvement in stroke assessment and response times.
St. John’s is equipped with diagnostic equipment and medical expertise. Ambulances will now bring suspected stroke victims to St. John’s if it is the nearest stroke center. The hospital also offers CT scan, MRI technology and can provide follow-up care including physical therapy. The hospital said it is committed to doing community outreach and education on the dangers of stroke.
St. John’s is the only full service community hospital serving the Rockaway and the Five Towns area to provide general adult medical surgical services, obstetrics, pediatrics and psychiatric services. They also provide obstetric inpatient services and clinical pastoral education. It also stands as the only hospital on the Rockaway peninsula after Peninsula Hospital closed down in 2012.