Of the 17 facilities operated by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Elmhurst Hospital Center (EHC) is widely considered to be the "jewel" of the municipal hospital system. Under an affiliation agreement, in effect since 1965, the hospital has been professionally staffed and operated by MSMC, ensuring that services rendered meet the high standards set by MSMC. It is located in a residential area in the borough of Queens and provides primary, secondary and tertiary care for the two million residents of that borough. In order to facilitate communication and the flow of staff between these two institutions, MSMC operates a shuttle bus, which travels between MSMC and EHC eight times daily. The ride takes less than one half hour.
The 622-bed hospital has 16 clinical services headed by full-time directors and sponsors 19 postgraduate educational programs in medical and surgical specialties. The Ambulatory Care Service at EHC receives about 430,000 patient visits each year. Additionally, its Emergency Department is a receiving center for New York City Emergency Medical Services ambulances and handles 100,000 patients annually. EHC has been designated a regional Level I Trauma Center for the borough of Queens. It has an outstanding Emergency Department, equipped and staffed to receive SCI and TBI patients. The hospital is undergoing a $200 million modernization program, which includes the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, providing enhanced facilities for treating patients with disabilities.
The Rehabilitation Medicine Service at EHC is the most comprehensive rehabilitation facility in the borough of Queens. The Department consists of a 28-bed inpatient unit with extensive outpatient facilities. It has a very active electrodiagnostic service, performing more than 750 tests annually, a large outpatient and consultation pediatric service and PM&R clinics for different physical disabilities and musculoskeletal conditions. Additionally, the attending physiatrists and residents participate in the Hand Clinic with Orthopedic and Plastic Surgeons. The Department's staff includes 7 physiatrists (all members of the MSMC faculty), 14 physical therapists, 8 occupational therapists, an ADL therapist, a rehabilitation psychologist, a speech pathologist, an acupunturist, 1 recreational therapist, 1 social worker and 32 nurses. Eight PM&R residents are assigned to these services, which are directed by Jeffrey Fine, MD, an outstanding educator known for his commitment to resident education, and supported by Jerry Weissman, MD, a peerless teacher.
Amanda M. Sanders
Residency & Fellowship Program Coordinator
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