SIUH debuts South site renovations

Staten Island University Hospital unveils renovations at Prince's Bay site

Michael Sedon/Staten Island Advance By Michael Sedon/Staten Island Advance
on October 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM, updated October 24, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Staten Island University Hospital South
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The renovated nursing station on the 3rd floor. Ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Staten island University Hospital South for the new Medical/Surgical Telementry Unit.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- South Shore residents who use the Staten Island University Hospital in Prince's Bay will be greeted with modern rooms and increased privacy and comfort, the fruit of $4.5 million in renovations.

The third floor of the hospital went from three-bed rooms to more spacious double- and single-patient rooms, including built-in computers for instantaneous access to medical records.

Officials touted the remodeling at a ribbon-cutting on the newly renovated floor Tuesday afternoon.

"The main objective of the project was to eliminate all three-bed rooms," said Nicholas Caruselle, executive vice president of administration at the South Shore site.

Because of the way the space was reconfigured during construction, the total 206-bed count at the hospital remained the same, officials said.

Although no new services have been added, with the redesigned rooms and ocean-facing solarium, families can take advantage of round-the-clock visiting in a "more comfortable, quality, caring environment," Caruselle added.

"With today's dedication there is no doubt that SIUH South is experiencing a welcome renewal," said President and CEO Anthony C. Ferreri. "A few years ago we celebrated the renovation of the emergency department, and next year we are hopeful to begin the makeover of the fourth floor."

The fourth-floor renovations will follow the pattern of the third floor project -- elimnation of three-bed rooms and additional comfort for patients and their families, officials said.

"For the community of Staten Island, primarily the community of Southern Staten Island, this is going to be a major achievement for the progress of the future," said Ronald J. Mazzucco, chairman of the SIUH Board of Trustees.

In a true community partnership, the renovations were made possible with $1.5 million donations each from City Councilman Vincent Ignizio's budget, the Richmond County Savings Foundation and the hospital.

Other support came from The Harry P. Doherty Family and Primary Care Ambulance.

"This is our community hospital," said Ignizio. "This is where we go for comfort and to comfort our loved ones."

Many board of trustee members were on hand Tuesday, along with Deputy Borough President Ed Burke, District Attorney Daniel Donovan and Cesar Claro, executive director of the Richmond County Savings Foundation.

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