The Campaign


Why Now?

Vital Need for Emergency Care

Richmond University Medical Center has steadfastly provided health care in the Staten Island community for more than 100 years. As the community’s only hospital located outside of a flood zone, RUMC is essential for residents island-wide. However, we have reached a critical stage where our aging infrastructure cannot meet current and projected health care demands, especially with the fast-tracked revitalization of the borough’s North Shore.

One in three residents in our community is affected by lack of health care. The Medical Center serves the borough’s only designated Medically Underserved Area, complicated by financial, linguistic and cultural barriers to care.  Staten Island’s rates of chronic disease and mortality are among the highest citywide, driving the need for care.

Immediate access to care is not a luxury. It is a necessity—particularly for emergency services.

While RUMC’s level of care is exemplary, the emergency room and patient areas are outdated in size and technology.

Through Vital: Our Campaign to Transform Emergency Care, you can help us open the door to the level of care our community needs.


Message from the CEO

Your help is vital

I am proud to lead this institution during the Richmond University Medical Center’s Renaissance.  From the new Forest Avenue Primary Care/Walk-In Ambulatory Care Center to the new South Avenue Center for Integrative Behavioral Services to renovated nursing stations to the upgraded physician lounge, positive change is happening.

We have a strong vision for the future, and it starts with a new Emergency Department. Our current facility has outgrown the current footprint. We are a Level 1 Trauma Center with an undersized trauma space and vehicle flow, no designated observation unit, limited isolation, lack of urgi-care or pediatric emergency department units, and few private treatment rooms. Our community deserves better.

Together, we can build an Emergency Department for the future—one with 60-plus private rooms, vastly improved trauma rooms and better street access. Our floor plan will better accommodate the workforce and patient flow. Patients will have more privacy and comfort. We will opt for evidence based design, enhanced medical technology, increased ambulance access, and flood and storm resistant architecture.

We have seen exceptional philanthropic momentum so far, bringing the Medical Center and community closer to our goal. If you have already donated, thank you. If not, please join us in Vital: Our Campaign to Transform Emergency Care. With your help, our vision for a modern Emergency Department will become a reality.

Daniel J. Messina,
President & Chief Executive Officer