Construction has begun on a new emergency room facility at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in the heart of Brooklyn last Wednesday.
The updated emergency room will be able to provide state-of-the-art medical services to an additional 6,000 patients each year, proving that despite difficult times it is still possible to prepare positively for the future.
The CEO of KJMC, Dr. Linda Brady expressed her feelings at the groundbreaking ceremony:
“Despite the everyday challenges that we, like many peers, face, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center is on the move,” said Dr. Brady. “Today’s groundbreaking provides ample evidence that KJMC can and will continue to step up and serve our community in Central Brooklyn, which has been hit especially hard by the continued poor economy and significant drop in funding for social services. Our new Emergency Department will ensure that KJMC can treat over 6,000 more cases per year, with an enhanced level of care. I thank our local elected officials for their support in this critical time.”
Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President was also on hand at the ceremony and added his thoughts about the project:
“At a time when our hospitals are struggling to stay off life support, I’m thrilled that Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center–which I have been proud to support–is able to invest in its future and the community with and expanded and modernized emergency department,” said Markowitz. “The ER will not only improve the quality of emergency and urgent care at Kingsbrook, but each year thousands of additional residents from Central Brooklyn and beyond will be able to depend on the hospital for their most critical health care needs.”