Andrew Sama, MD, Interim Chairman
Joseph Zito, MD Interim Vice Chairman
The full-service Emergency Department at St. John's Episcopal Hospital is equipped to treat all levels of emergencies and serves a critical need for residents of the Rockaway peninsula and nearby Nassau County. There were more than 44,000 patient visits to the Emergency Department in 2014, a number that continues to increase due to the closure of two nearby hospitals.
The highly trained Emergency Department staff is comprised of board-certified physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, resident physicians, and patient care assistants, all with extensive training and experience in emergency medicine. The team provides comprehensive emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including rapid evaluation and treatment for:
- Heart attack and other cardiovascular emergencies
- Head injuries
- Obstetrics and gynecology emergencies
- Orthopedic injuries
- Behavioral health emergencies
The Emergency Department also provides rapid evaluation and treatment of pediatric and geriatric emergencies.
St. John's is designated as a 911/Level II trauma receiving hospital by the New York City Department of Health and is also a New York State Designated Stroke Center and a certified emergency heart care station.
Fast Track is a seven-bed unit within the Emergency Department dedicated to patients with non-critical conditions such as colds, cuts or sprains. Seen in an area that is separate from critically ill patients, Fast Track patients are quickly evaluated, treated and released. Patients with more serious illness or injury are triaged to the regular Emergency Department. In Fast Track, patients are examined by a competent and caring physician assistant who is supervised by an emergency room physician.
Building for the Future
A major expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department is now underway, which will double its size and enhance patient and family comfort. When fully completed in 2016, the new Emergency Department will provide individual private examination rooms, a rapid evaluation unit, and a separate mental health unit. The new Emergency Department will also have its own dedicated radiology suite including a CT scanner.
Due to the renovation project, the current entrance for the Emergency Department is next to the main entrance of the hospital on Beach 20th Street.
For more information about emergency care at St. John's, please call 718-869-7755.
Dial 911 for any life-threatening emergency.