The Staten Island City Council delegation and Speaker Corey Johnson announced today a combined $5.5 million allocation in the city’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget to Richmond University Medical Center. This allocation marks the third year of unprecedented City a Council funding — a combined total of $31.5 million — to build a new emergency department at RUMC.
“In the absence of a city hospital in our borough, Staten Island’s health care system has been severely underfunded for decades,” said Councilwoman Debi Rose, who allocated $1 million of capital funding to RUMC in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. “Two years ago, I invited then-Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to tour RUMC, and we began to reverse that trend, with two years in a row of historic City Council allocations. This year, I invited Speaker Corey Johnson to visit RUMC, and he, too, has responded with an allocation that will strengthen the health care infrastructure of Staten Island. Combined with funding from my office, these funds take us another step toward providing Staten Islanders with the state-of-the-art health care facility we need and deserve, one that will not only meet our current needs, but also carry us well into the future. I thank Speaker Corey Johnson for recognizing the importance of this resource.”
Richmond University Medical Center —one of two hospitals on Staten Island—now treats more than 65,000 patients every year, three times the number of patients it was built for. To give these patients the care they deserve, to give the dedicated staff the equipment and space they need, RUMC is moving forward with plans to triple the size of its emergency department, with more than 60 new private treatment rooms.
“In order for Staten Island’s health care institutions to support Staten Island residents, we in the Council need to support them. When I was invited to tour Richmond University Medical Center earlier this year, I saw the outstanding care and service RUMC’s staff provides their patients and knew I wanted to work with the Staten Island Delegation to do whatever we can to lend support. The Council’s $5.5 million investment is a step forward to ensuring the health of all New Yorkers, especially in Staten Island,” said Speaker Corey Johnson.
"Since I became Minority Leader, I have prioritized providing funding for RUMC's new emergency room. Since then, we have been able to work together to provide more than $30 million for this project - an unprecedented commitment to improving healthcare infrastructure on Staten Island," said Minority Leader Steven Matteo. "When Speaker Johnson toured Staten Island with us in April, we made it clear to him how critical the completion of this project is to the viability of our borough's vulnerable, two-hospital system - and he did not hesitate to commit more funds to help make this project a reality. I am thankful, and our entire borough should be thankful to him."
“This large allocation is a testament to the unity of Staten Island’s City Council delegation and our ability to bring substantive improvements back to Staten Island,” said Councilman Joe Borelli. “I’m grateful for the leadership of Speaker Johnson and Minority Leader Matteo, without whom this $5.5 million emergency department upgrade would not have been possible, and to Council Member Rose who provided $1 million from her own budget in addition to our collective Staten Island delegation funds.”