Cobble Hill’s new state of the art ER

(c) Joshua Bright

For several years the community fought hard to preserve Long Island College Hospital. Despite the backing of our local elected officials, the Governor continued and shuttered the gates of our area’s health care in the name of future development. The neighborhood no longer has a fully functioning hospital. There is no denying that.

However, we do have some new facilities for health care service now operated in a brand new, state of the art free-standing ER run by New York University’s Langone Medical Center. Several members of the Cobble Hill Association and neighboring community groups got a private tour of the ER recently and learned many great things like the incredibly short door-to-doctor time window they have to get patients seen quickly.

Now NYU is rolling out even more details to the general public. Below please find a list of all the services NYU Langone – Cobble Hill offers so that you and your loved ones can make informed decisions when choosing your health care. Perhaps the biggest item to note is that as a free-standing ER, there are no beds for these top tier doctors to admit patients. They instead focus on a system of “Treat, Stabilize, then Transfer” to a nearby hospital that allows for patient intake.

Also worth pointing out the mention that the receives both walk-in patients and those arriving by private or FDNY 911 ambulance is not 100% accurate yet. NYU needs state permission to accept FDNY ambulance. They claim “we made a request weeks ago for the State to allow us to receive “critical” ambulances; we are awaiting their decision. We continue to care for critically ill patients who arrive by other means.”

And though it should go without saying, please know in a true emergency… always call 911.

(c) Joshua Bright