Construction Continues at Montefiore Nyack Hospital

Building and site construction continues for the new Emergency Department and Medical Village at Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack, New York. The anticipated completion for Phase I is set for late fall. The new Emergency Department consists of renovated main treatment area, trauma area, nurse stations, and support spaces. Phase I also includes the redesign of the ambulance drop off canopy and drive.

Due to Nyack Hospital’s unique terrain, PDS took the opportunity to create designated entrances for the different hospital users: the ED walk-in patients can now be dropped off at the new ED entrance, the ambulances can enter and exit directly off of Midland Avenue to the designated ambulance parking area, and the Medical Village and Ambulatory Surgery Center entrance is conveniently located closer to the parking lot for visiting patients. The change in topography also allowed opportunities to include gardens and planters creating a comfortable buffer from the busy street.

NY Build Conference - March 12th/13th

NY Build Expo 2019

NY Build Expo 2019

Our Principal Mike and Senior Project Manager Dan were invited to the NY Build Conference Expo held at the Javits Center in New York City where they spoke to the audience about PDS’s work in Behavioral Health Design. The NY Builds Expo is a two day event that gathers professionals across the design and construction industry. More information on the expo can be found at the website: https://www.newyorkbuildexpo.com

The presentations covered code reviews, concepts, outcomes and lessons learned from several Behavioral Health facilities that PDS has completed in the past few years. Here are a few slides from the presentation.


Award of Merit: Hackensack University Medical Center Emergency Trauma Dept

We are humbled to have been awarded the ENR (Engineering News-Record) New York Award of Merit for our work at Hackensack University Medical Center Emergency Trauma Department. 

Every year, ENR New York assembles an independent group of judges to review, score and determine final winners from the states of New Jersey and New York. They review each entry on their own, scoring them on various criteria, and then meet to discuss which projects impressed them the most. Judges may select honorees for both Best Project and Award of Merit.

Our team will be looking forward to accepting this award in October.

Bringing in the Community

Mike Pomarico and Stephen Delray presenting at the MMC Weiler ED project to the community.

Mike Pomarico and Stephen Delray presenting at the MMC Weiler ED project to the community.

As Emergency Departments continues to see large volumes of patients, longer wait time, and over crowded spaces, it is necessary to re-think and re-design how a modern emergency department functions.  

Last week, our Principal, Mike, and Project Manager, Stephen, engaged the community with the new design and renovation of the Emergency Department at Montefiore Medical Center's Weiler Campus in Manhattan.   These community meetings are very important, and as designers we must be very receptive to feedback, concerns, and suggestions amongst the community.  

 

Later on we caught up with Mike and had the opportunity to hear some of his thoughts on the processes of these meetings.

What is the importance of these meetings?

Mike: It is important to the hospital's mission to integrate the community into the delivery of care and to maintain and raise the awareness level to not only improvements that are being made in the continuum of care, but also what choices are available for deliver of care.

What does the client (hospital) get from the meeting?

Mike: The client builds their relationship with the community.  They build a sense of trust, the client also convey's their mission to the community and obtains a buy in on their care delivery model.  The client also gains valuable information related to patient satisfaction as it pertains to both access and quality of care.

How much pull do they have as stakeholders?

Mike: The community as stake holders are influences whom are able to, through their community board and other social and political associations, broadcast the hospitals mission plans, achievements and care delivery models to a broad base of the community.

How do these meetings effect our design?

Mike: As we present to and participate in the questions and answer portion of the meeting, we have the opportunity to preemptively understand community needs and concerns that may offer potential design adjustments and/or modifications.