Mount Sinai Hospital expanded its pediatric emergency department and added more treatment areas, including a special unit for children with autism.
The project, which opened to patients Wednesday, is the first phase of a $70 million overhaul of Manhattan Hospital’s entire emergency department.
The larger space has 22 treatment rooms, an increase from the 16 in the ER for old children, with iPads in most. There are also interactive video displays on some walls with games and other distractions.
A larger area provides more space for treating critically ill children, and a “low stimulation” room provides a quiet space for patients with autism or other sensory issues, said Dr. Christopher Strother, Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai.
“It’s a larger, more efficient space so people have a more comfortable place to get their care,” Strother said of the redesign. “We really tried to remember that we’re dealing with children, and we want them to feel like they’re in a safe space and take away some of the anxiety that comes with doctors.”
The hospital typically treats 25,000 patients a year in the pediatric emergency department, a number that Strother said could grow by as much as 20 percent with the expansion.
Strother said planning for the renovation began about four years ago, and construction was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and halted during the Omicron surge when the space was needed to treat patients.
The hospital also just completed the remodeling of its emergency room for adult patients with mild ailments. The renovation of the entire emergency room is expected to be completed in 2024.
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