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Mather Hospital is taking a huge step forward in the care of its community by building a state-of-the-art emergency department.
The new facility, which will cost $52 million, will be double the size of Mather’s current Emergency Department, spanning over 26,000 square feet. It will be built to maximize patient privacy, caregiver support, and process efficiencies, and will incorporate the best practices for patient safety.
Construction of the new facility was initiated on May 4, and it is expected to be completed in 2025. Once it is operational, the new Emergency Department will provide a healing environment that meets the needs of patients and their loved ones during emergencies. The facility will have private rooms and a split-flow design that has been proven to speed up treatment and discharge of patients with lower-acuity conditions, while also ensuring that hospital admissions for patients with higher-acuity conditions are done quickly.
Mather Hospital is grateful for the support of the Frey Family of Port Jefferson, and in recognition of their immense support, the new facility will be named the Frey Family Emergency Department. Kathryn Frey, who serves on Mather’s Advisory and Foundation Boards, expressed her gratitude, saying, “I’ve lived in the community since the 1960s. There have been countless times over the decades that Mather has provided excellent health care for our family and friends. Everyone will benefit from our new expanded Emergency Department.”
The new Emergency Department will include imaging services such as X-ray, ultrasound, and CT technology, as well as isolation rooms for infectious disease control and a dedicated treatment area for those experiencing a mental health crisis. Mather’s current Emergency Department sees almost 40,000 patients annually, making the new facility essential to the care of the community.
Executive Director Kevin McGeachy said, “This is one of the most ambitious building projects in Mather Hospital’s history. We are re-imagining what emergency care can be for our community. The Emergency Department is our front door. More than three-quarters of the patients who are admitted to Mather come in through our ED.”
Adam Wos, MD, Director of Emergency Medicine at Mather, added, “Our new ED will provide a healing environment that meets the needs of our community when they are experiencing an emergency: space for patients and their loved ones to be comfortable, privacy to allow clear communication with our healthcare providers, and a format that lets our staff work more efficiently so they can spend more time at the bedside.”
Top: The ceremonious breaking ground of Mather’s new emergency department facility. (Photo credits: Mather Hospital)