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Staten Island University Hospital begins construction of new Pediatric Emergency Unit

Construction has started on a new pediatric emergency unit at Staten Island University Hospital’s, South Site.
Construction has started on a new pediatric emergency unit at Staten Island University Hospital’s, South Site.

Dedicated entrance, pediatric treatment and care areas coming to South campus

STATEN ISLAND, NY —

The first phase of the construction of a new pediatric emergency unit at Staten Island University Hospital’s (SIUH) South Site is currently underway.  

The new space will have five patient treatment areas, a patient care station and its own dedicated entrance to keep children away from the sights and sounds of an active adult emergency room.  

“An emergency room can be a stressful environment for all patients, especially when that patient is a child,” said Brahim Ardolic, MD, executive director of SIUH. “When you bring your child in for an injury or an illness, to be near an adult patient suffering from a stroke or a heart attack can be traumatizing. This space will be an appropriate environment to administer care.”  

This project was made possible through a $500,000 grant from the Emergency Children’s Help Organization (ECHO), and past New York City Councilman Vincent Ignizio in response to the growing needs of the South Shore. Ignizio brought the two organizations together to align their missions in serving children. Ignizio also secured $435,000 for new equipment for the project.

"It is with great pleasure to see construction begin for the ECHO Pediatric Emergency Unit.  This state-of-the-art facility will enable SIUH to assist several thousand more children per year,” said Sebastian Angelico, chairman/founder of ECHO. “This is a great addition for our community!” 

 ECHO’s executive director, Pasquale Loporcaro, expressed similar feelings, "This is truly an amazing project that will bring a long awaited renaissance to the South Site. The staff, physicians and administrators are the most dedicated group of people and will make this vision a soon-to-be realty. We’re honored to be a part of this project". 

Renovation project - not just for kids

“This project is not only to create a child-friendly environment for children, but to renovate the existing space as a whole,” Dr. Ardolic explained. 

“Phase one is a preparatory measure to create clinical staff areas to be ready for the more extensive construction phase two which will begin in July. Phase two is on an aggressive work schedule and slated to take three months to make use of off-peak volume,” he explained. 

Dr. Ardolic said, “This is a highly choreographed project to maximize efficiency. We have to be flexible as we move forward and we’ll address any concerns that the community has. Our main goal is to bring this environment to the next level while providing uninterrupted care.”

Commitment to the community

“This project signifies more than updating and renovating a space,” Dr. Ardolic said. “It symbolizes our commitment to our community, and philanthropic partners like ECHO, to bring these new facilities to the communities that need them to provide the best care possible. ECHO’s commitment to the South Shore, and the needs of that community, should be commended and a special thank you to Mr. Ignizio for helping make this project a reality.” 

The $3 million project is slated to be completed by fall of 2019.