The Mount Sinai Health System is officially integrating with the University of Richmond Medical Center

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Islanders got more intimate access to some of New York’s most prominent doctors and specialists Friday as Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) officially begins a clinical and academic partnership with the Health System on Mount Sinai.

“This opens up opportunities for Staten Islanders that they never had before,” noted Daniel J. Messina, President and CEO of RUMC, commenting on the latest segment of the partnership between the two providers, which was originally established in 2020. “Not only do residents have access to RUMC’s team of experienced professionals, they also now have the benefit of leveraging Mount Sinai’s emergency medicine expertise. I think this partnership will provide our community with expanded access to the exceptional health care services available in New York in a setting that is close to home.”

The expanded partnership, which will take effect Friday, comes as RUMC prepares to open its new 35,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art emergency department this summer. Under the agreement, Mount Sinai and RUMC will integrate emergency medicine, trauma and critical care services provided at RUMC’s emergency department; and expanding RUMC admission privileges to Mount Sinai medical professionals.

Under the new affiliation agreement, Mount Sinai and the University of Richmond Medical Center will integrate emergency medicine, trauma and critical care services provided in RUMC’s emergency department and expand RUMC admitting privileges to Mount Sinai medical professionals . (Steve White for the Staten Island Advance)

According to Dr. Brendan Carr, system chairman of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai, the affiliation is aimed at building on RUMC’s “stellar” commitment to care and providing an expanded range of elite emergency medical and trauma services to the region.

Mount Sinai Health System officially integrates with RUMC

Dr. Brendan Carr, system chairman of Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine, discusses his hospital’s relationship with the University of Richmond Medical Center. (Steve White for the Staten Island Advance)

“I’ve gotten to know the team here at RUMC well over the past few years in our preparation for this partnership,” Carr noted this week when he and members of his staff visited the West Brighton hospital for a pre-integration meet-and-greet. “During this preparation, it became clear how close-knit this community is and how intent the staff here at RUMC is on providing the best possible patient experience for this community. Our goal is to further enhance this patient experience and leverage our resources as a major provider to offer the people of Staten Island the very best in health care.”

RUMC’s current emergency department, a Level I Adult Trauma Center and a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, is equipped to handle all levels of adult and pediatric emergencies and has designated areas for triage, pediatrics, chest care/stroke, trauma resuscitation, women’s health and emergency care. Treating over 50,000 patients annually, the Emergency Department is a New York State Department of Health designated Stroke and STEMI Center of Excellence as well as a Sexual Assault Forensics (SAFE) Center of Excellence. RUMC’s emergency department has cared for 9,000 coronavirus-positive patients since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hospital’s new emergency department will expand these services, providing 35,000 square feet of space, compared to 15,000 square feet in the hospital’s current facility, which was built in 1978 — a 133 percent increase. Occupying the ground level of a new two-storey pavilion linked to the existing hospital, the new unit will offer expanded emergency trauma and critical care, as well as improved pediatric and emergency specialist areas.

Mount Sinai Health System is considered one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working in eight hospitals, more than 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 laboratories, a school of nursing and a leading school of medicine and postgraduate education.

In this partnership, the two organizations plan to work seamlessly together to provide “world-class care.”

“I am very pleased that RUMC has invited us to the table,” concluded Dr. Joshua Kugler, Mount Sinai’s vice president of physician services. “Mount Sinai is a large, world-renowned organization, but we share the same patient-centered culture as RUMC. I think that’s the genesis of a really wonderful relationship.”

Mount Sinai Health System officially integrates with RUMC

“I think this is the genesis of a really wonderful relationship,” noted Dr. Joshua Kugler, Mount Sinai’s vice president of physician services. (Steve White for the Staten Island Advance)

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