NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Chief Executive Officer Milton Nuñez today accepted a ceremonial check for $884,000 in FY20 funding from Speaker Corey Johnson and NYC Councilmember Rafael Salamanca to transform two X-ray rooms in the Emergency Department (ED). The space will be renovated into a brand new, state-off-the-art digital radiology suite, including two GE-656 digital X-ray units, a central control station, and dressing rooms. The new equipment’s enhanced features will be fully digital to improve image quality. The upgrades to the ED’s radiology space is expected to increase patient satisfaction, reduce waiting times, speed up diagnoses, and enhance patient experience. The ED at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln remains the region’s busiest, single site Level 1 Trauma Center. Renovations are expected to begin this spring.
“NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln continuously strives to deliver the best care to the residents in the South Bronx and a newly designed and renovated radiology suite will provide the opportunity to transform patients’ experience,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln CEO Milton Nuñez. “I thank Councilman Rafael Salamanca and Speaker Corey Johnson for their commitment to the City’s public hospital system and our patients in the Bronx.”
“Ensuring all New Yorkers receive proper healthcare is a priority for this Council. That’s why we are proud to fund the renovation of the radiology suite at NYC Health +Hospitals/Lincoln,” said Speaker Corey Johnson. “This state-of-the-art radiology facility will improve the quality of care patients will receive. I am proud to work with Council Member Salamanca and our Council colleagues to invest in our hospitals, and I am especially grateful to everyone at NYC Health + Hospitals for their commitment to caring for Bronx residents.”
“Access to quality medical care is one of the most important conversations taking place in the nation at the moment,’ said Councilmember Rafael Salamanca. “Working with Speaker Corey Johnson, I am proud to have secured $884,000 in funding that will pave the way for a state-of-the-art radiology center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. Two new X-ray machines and a renovated space within the ED will make for a better patient experience, as well as a more efficient testing and diagnoses process for Bronxites. Already one of the most advanced medical centers in the region, this funding will allow NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln to continue their breakthrough work in the medical field.”
“These state-of-the-art digital X-ray rooms will help significantly decrease patient wait times for imaging studies in the ED, enabling our health care team to provide more efficient and timely patient care; ultimately providing an overall better experience for our patients,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Chair of Radiology Alan Kantor, MD.
Councilmember Rafael Salamanca, Jr. represents the Melrose, Hunts Point, Highbridge, Longwood, Port Morris and the Bronx River area of the borough.
Annually, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln sees approximately 157,000 visits to the ED. The Department of Radiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln provides patients with the most advanced imaging and treatment services available in a safe and convenient location. NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln’s radiology experts provide these high-quality imaging services and we perform more than 170,000 procedures yearly.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, located at 234 East 149th Street in the Bronx, is a 362-bed, Acute Care Level 1 Trauma Center with the busiest single site emergency department in the region. Recognized for receiving top grades in Leapfrog Scores Safety in 2015 and 2017, it was acknowledged with High Performing ranks in U.S. News & World Report in 2006, 2008, 2017 – 2018, 2018-2019 and 2019 – 2020. The hospital emphasizes primary care and specialty medicine and uses the latest advances in medical science. It has designations as a Breast Center of Excellence, Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, Diabetes Education Center of Excellence, Perinatal Center of Excellence, and others. Lincoln’s Primary Stroke Center has The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus and Target Plus Honor Elite awards. Its Hemodialysis Unit is The Joint Commission certified as is the Pediatric Asthma Program and the hospital’s Palliative Care Service. The hospital is part of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the nation.
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