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What could be more vital than immediate access to exceptional emergency medical care? In a trauma, seconds count. With any serious injury, leading-edge treatment space and state-of-the-art technology make all the difference. Even with a simple sprain or cut, expert emergency care that is ready now means everything to patients and their families.

Today, the Emergency Department at Richmond University Medical Center serves three times as many patients as it was designed for—patients arriving with more-significant injuries and illnesses than ever before.

Help us open the door to the most immediate and efficient emergency care in our community. Help us to help Staten Island.

Critical needs

The Richmond University Medical Center Emergency Department is housed in a 30-plus-year-old building designed to accommodate 22,000 patients per year with average care needs. Today, the Emergency Department accommodates an average of 65,000 patients per year with much higher standards.

The plan to transform

Through your generosity, Vital: Our Campaign to Transform Emergency Care will provide the access and resources Staten Island desperately needs. Together, we will expand, enhance and secure the future of emergency care right here in our community.

 

Campaign Progress

With a price tag of more than $96 million for the new ED, RUMC’s goal was to raise $13 million through private funding. To date, we are at $10 million and going strong! This early success is a testament to the dedication of our community donors, who recognize the importance of this new facility. They understand that each contribution is an investment in the health of their loved ones and a step toward ensuring that everyone has access to emergency care.

Campaign Progress 77%

The emergency room is outdated, creating a challenging environment to support community demand—a community that includes your family, your children and your grandchildren. We need to come together to support improved emergency care to better serve Staten Island.

Krishne Urs, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, RUMC

This hospital has been a love of my life. My two brothers and I were born here, and it’s a special place.

Allan Weissglass
Chair, The Staten Island Foundation
Weissglass was chairman of the West Brighton hospital in the 1990s when it was known as St. Vincent's. Now, he serves as chair of The Staten Island Foundation, which donated $1.5 million to RUMC in his honor. The funds will be used for the new emergency department.

We’re the only borough without a public hospital, so funding RUMC to expand its emergency services is a priority.

Cesar Claro
Executive Director, Richmond County Savings Foundation
 

A Time for Action

Advancing on the momentum of community support, the Medical Center is moving forward to build a new Emergency Department. The estimated $62 million project will feature a new, larger facility as well as state-of-the-art technology. Staten Islanders will be able to depend on the Richmond University Medical Center Emergency Department for vital care, compassion and hope. Through this capital campaign, we seek at least $13 million in private philanthropy, which will provide the leverage needed to obtain optimal financing for the balance of the project cost.

The new RUMC Emergency Department will feature:
 

Campaign News

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RUMC Announces Naming of the Cardiac Cath Lab

At Richmond University Medical Center, we’re proud of the involvement our physicians have within our hospital community. That involvement extends to their financial generosity. On April 15th, our Cardiac Catheterization Lab was dedicated in honor of Dr. Samala Swamy (3rd fr. right), who has pledged $250,000 to support our Capital Campaign for a new Emergency Department. We were pleased to…

RUMC announces $1.5 million gift; unveils Allan Weissglass Pavilion

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Prominent Staten Islanders gathered at Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton early Monday evening for a dual celebration: The announcement of a $1.5 million gift for the hospital’s Emergency Department capital campaign, and the naming of the Allan Weissglass Pavilion Center for Ambulatory Care in honor of the long-time community and business leader. The $1.5…

RUMC getting $13.5M for critical upgrades from City Council

CITY HALL — The City Council is putting up $13.5 million for critical upgrades at Richmond University Medical Center. The funding for hospital emergency room improvements is part of a $82.1 billion budget agreement announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Council on Wednesday afternoon. The Council had asked th e de Blasio administration to allocate $10 million in…