The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Department of Emergency Medicine

Welcome to the Brooklyn Hospital Center

Excellence in patient care and commitment to the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals are among the proud traditions of The Brooklyn Hospital Center. In 1845, it opened its doors as the first voluntary hospital in what was then the City of Brooklyn. Today, the Hospital Center is a 653–bed teaching institution that is a major healthcare resource as well as a dynamic presence in what is NYC’s largest borough.

The Hospital Center is the Brooklyn academic and clinical affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The Hospital Center’s Downtown Campus is located just across the bridge from lower Manhattan. True to its mission, the Hospital Center strives to address the complex problems and meet the individual needs of the residents in each of the many communities it serves. The Brooklyn Hospital Center is equipped with sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic modalities and state-of–the art technology.

Staffed by 3,000 employees and a medical staff of 524 voluntary, 140 full-time, and 115 part-time physicians, the Hospital Center annually cares for more than 200,000 people, with approximately 95,000 outpatient visits; 25,000 inpatient admissions; and 65,000 emergency department visits; and more than 5,800 babies delivered each year. The Hospital Center is a 911-receiving hospital and a certified emergency cardiac-care facility.

The Hospital Center has fully accredited, independent residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Family Practice, General Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and trains more than 250 physicians each year. The Hospital Center also provides training for residents in urology from the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Brooklyn. In addition, the Hospital Center offers opportunities for post-doctoral fellowship training in several subspecialty areas, including hematology-oncology, pulmonology and critical care, and gastroenterology.

The Department of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine is one of the newer medical specialties and encompasses the evaluation, treatment, and disposition of large numbers of patients with multiple and varied problems-from simple and benign to more serious and complex conditions. Emergency Medicine provides care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to all who seek it.

Emergency Medicine at The Brooklyn Hospital Center enjoys full departmental status within the institution. Faculty members have academic appointments through the Department of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

There is a departmental Chair, Vice Chair, and Assistant Chair, as well as a separate full-time Program Director, Assistant Director and Associate Director. There are thirteen full time academic faculty, all of whom are board-certified or eligible in Emergency Medicine. Of these, eleven are residency trained in Emergency Medicine.

The Emergency Department of The Brooklyn Hospital Center serves as the primary training site. The ED is divided into three sections: an Adult area, a Pediatric area, and Urgent Care. There are approximately 65,000 total annual visits.

Altogether, almost 18 percent of patients arrive by ambulance. About 16% of ED patients are admitted-20 percent of these to critical care units. The patient population provides an extraordinary spectrum of illness and injury and is representative of the ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity of the City of New York.

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