SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Department of Emergency Medicine
SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital of SUNY Downstate School of Medicine and the only major academic medical center in Brooklyn. It is the training grounds for hundreds of students every year who serve the patients of Brooklyn. The hospital is a Renal Transplant Center and a Pre-Hospital STEMI and Stroke Center. There is an interdisciplinary outpatient HIV treatment center and a Disaster Medicine Center. Downstate Medical Center was named one of the COVID Desginated Hospitals during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The ED was greatly expanded and renovated in 2002 and currently contains 21 acute care beds, a two-bed critical care resuscitation room, a 6-bed pediatric emergency room and an urgent care area. The Emergency Department also care for patients using tele-medicine. The UHB ED currently sees approximately 70,000 patient visits per year.
KINGS COUNTY HOSPITAL CENTER is one of the most storied public hospitals in the country. Its halls hold the history of generations of immigrants to this country. The hospital serves as the main site for our residency program and is one of only three adult trauma centers in the borough of Brooklyn and the only level one pediatric trauma center in Brooklyn. "The County" cares for a vast number of Brooklyn's 3.5 million inhabitants as the largest municipal hospital in New York City, and one of the largest general acute care hospitals in the nation. The campus is situated on 43 acres and contains 23 buildings. Along with its designation as a Level I Trauma Center, it has 9 Intensive Care Units including a Pediatric ICU and a large Renal Dialysis Center. Kings County is a Stroke Center and a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Center of Excellence.
The Emergency Department census is over 125,000 visits per year, making it one of
the busiest ED's in the country. The amount and variety of pathology is simply staggering
and unparalleled. According to the CDC, Kings County has led the nation in the number
of penetrating trauma cases in the last decade - a dubious honor, though an asset
when viewed from the perspective of a resident training program.
The Adult ED has state-of-the-art patient care areas, thirteen fully-monitored critical care beds, twenty-five acute care beds, and a general med-surg ED area, as well as a fast-track area. There are five fully equipped resuscitation rooms with room for 2 critical patients in each room. In addition, there is a room dedicated to the care of asthma patients, dialysis bays, isolation rooms, and a complete radiology suite, including multi-detector spiral CT, MRI, ultrasound, and angiography.
The large Pediatric Emergency Department is integrated into the ED overall space but has a separate treatment area and waiting room. This large patient care space includes two trauma resuscitation areas, an asthma room, a surgical treatment room, and ten examination rooms.