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Harlem Hospital Center Unveils New Emergency Department, Trauma Center

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Harlem Hospital Center unveiled its new, state-of-the-art emergency department and trauma center Friday.

Local officials and community members gathered for a ribbon cutting and tour of the $19 million renovations.

The new adult emergency department is now almost double its original size, and the pediatric wing is nearly three times bigger.

Hospital officials said that the upgrades will increase access and improve privacy and patient comfort.

"The equipment that we now have, let's say in our trauma area, and the way in which it is configured allow us to do multiple patients at the same time and to make sure that we can have multiple teams working in different areas," said Dr. Maurice Wright, chief medical officer at Harlem Hospital Center.

"We can see more patients. In fact, we are seeing at least 10 to 15 percent more patients now that we saw before," said Denise Soares, executive director at Harlem Hospital. "And it's not the crowded, claustrophobic ED that it was before. It's much more private, much more respectful."

The revamped emergency department was the final stage of the hospital's $325 million modernization project.

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