The Nation’s Fifth-Busiest Emergency Room

Maimonides Medical Center…a Borough Park hospital known for its cardiac and stroke care…saw 109,925 patients in 2009 — the year of the flu pandemic — up from 97,613 in 2008 and 81,931 in 2005… Like the neighborhoods around it, Maimonides is filled with immigrants — the hospital employs 46 patient representatives who speak a total of 70 languages…

In the nonurgent wing, patients typically see a doctor within 20 minutes. But they can lie on gurneys a long time waiting for tests and re-examinations — the median emergency room stay last year was 3.72 hours. The room is so packed that nurses, doctors and technicians squeeze past quadrupled-up gurneys in each bay, colliding in a dance of you first; no, you first.

Full article on how the nation’s emergency rooms are busier than ever.

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  1. Vicki says:

    Sounds hectic.

  2. Larry C. says:

    Seventy languages? How much does that cost?

  3. Ste[hen C. says:

    I’d rather go to a Minute Clinic.

  4. Devon Herrick says:

    The ER has around 80 people staffing at any given time and a total 40 full time ER physicians. That’s a big ER.

    If is interesting to note that two-thirds of their patients are covered by government insurance — Medicare or Medicaid.

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