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About us

The Staten Island University Hospital South Emergency Department has treated more than 33,000 patients in a single year. We are committed to providing quality care with very short wait times. Staten Island is the fastest growing borough in New York City, so we are fully equipped to serve this growing population.

Short wait times

When you visit an emergency room, you expect immediate treatment, even if your condition isn't life-threatening. At Staten Island University Hospital, we are proud to keep our wait times to below 20 minutes for most patients. (According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the national average is more than four hours.) Our emergency services are available 24 hours a day.

Fully equipped emergency department

We are equipped to handle traumatic accidents and behavioral health issues, as well as other emergencies. We have 27 patient treatment rooms in our 8,700 square foot department. Our facility is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and designated as a Stroke Center by the AHA. Both our south and north campus emergency departments are able to receive 911 patients. We resuscitate, evaluate and stabilize patients presenting with acute injuries and illnesses.

Our services

Our Emergency Medicine Departments on both campuses provide many advanced programs and facilities to ensure that our patients get state-of-the-art care for virtually any illness or injury:

  • Board-certified emergency physicians—Our Emergency Department is staffed by board-certified/board-eligible emergency physicians, dedicated emergency medicine nurses and certified physician assistants 24 hours a day.
  • Stroke center certified by New York state—Staten Island University Hospital is one of 11 hospitals within Northwell Health to receive the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the hospitals' commitment and successes in implementing a higher standard of stroke care to ensure that stroke patients receive treatment in accordance with the latest evidence-based guidelines. Staten Island University Hospital was recognized for achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to all Stroke Performance indicators for 12 consecutive months and received the 2011 Gold Plus Award.
  • 911 receiving hospital—The Emergency Department is a 911 receiving hospital for both FDNY and voluntary ambulance services. 
  • Urgent care fast-track area—This fast-track unit at Staten Island University Hospital's Emergency Medicine Department allows patients with minor illnesses or injuries to be treated rapidly in an environment appropriate to the severity of their illness. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our seven-bed unit is staffed by an attending emergency physician and by attending doctors, residents, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
  • Academic tertiary care center—This designation means that you can expect the highest quality emergency care available from experts who are renowned in their field. The Emergency Department has an academic affiliation with the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and is home to an ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Our physicians participate in scholarly research activities, teach at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and provide supervision for doctors in training (residents).
  • Emergency department observation unit—We offer an advanced emergency observation unit for patients who require extended care that does not necessitate a prolonged inpatient hospital admission.