BronxCare Hospital Center
1650 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York 10457
Dr. John Coffey has served as Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine for nearly 15 years. Before joining BronxCare, Dr. Coffey was Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Montefiore Medical Center, and prior to that, he was the Assistant Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Jacobi Hospital.
Why the move to the BronxCare Health System? “I wanted to take on the challenge of developing, expanding, and transforming its ER into a center of excellence providing the highest quality emergency care for its patients and community.” His goal is clearly being achieved as evidenced by recent awards for its STEMI center having among the best outcomes for hospitals/ERs in New York City; National Elite Honor Roll and Gold Plus Achievement Designation for Stroke Care from the American Heart and Stroke Associations; and numerous other commendations. Turnaround times and patient flow parameters are consistently among the best in the Bronx, and Sepsis Protocol outcomes are well above the New York state medians. “But what is most important to us is that our patients always come first,” stated Dr. Coffey.
The significant growth of the ER in response to the needs of the Bronx Community is a continuing source of pride to Dr. Coffey. In 2003, there were 70,000 patients seen per year, and 30 physicians. Currently, there are 139,000 patient visits annually, and about 50 physicians and 180 nurses and patient care technicians. Additional code and treatment rooms and an expanded ER nurses station, as well as waiting and reception areas are now in place. In fact, the ER has tripled its square footage and doubled the size of its trauma and treatment areas.
Dr. Coffey credits the success of the ER to the ER Team. “We are very fortunate to have highly qualified and experienced physicians, nurses, and support staff that understand the needs of the community and are experts in responding to adult and pediatric conditions, as well as mental health problems.” He considers the strong relationship with the New York City Fire Department (EMS) and NYPD as being most important and beneficial in achieving positive patient results. BronxCare also operates six ambulances that are providing vital assistance to the community in emergency situations.