Department of Emergency Medicine
Forest Hills Hospital
Over the course of one year, the Emergency Medicine Department at Forest Hills Hospital in Queens, NY, sees approximately 50,000 patients in one of the most diverse communities in the nation. We treat all types of acute conditions and traumatic injuries. Our facilities are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Our department is staffed with residency-trained, board-certified attending physicians in emergency medicine. Our registered nurses are certified in emergency and trauma care. For patients requiring more advanced cardiac, neurosurgical or pediatric care, we have the ability to stabilize and transfer them to our tertiary facilities at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset or Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
For more information about the Department of Emergency Medicine at Forest Hills Hospital, Queens, NY, contact Director of Emergency Medicine Michael Guttenberg, MD, Associate Director Brent Gottesman, MD, or Nursing Director Miriam Chapman, RN, at (718)-830-4204.
To reach the Emergency Department at Forest Hills Hospital, call (718) 830-4200.
Our Emergency Medicine Department offers a variety of state-of-the-art services to provide the optimal patient experience:
- Stroke Center Certified by New York State – The Emergency Medicine Department at Forest Hills Hospital has the most advanced training, personnel and equipment to provide state-of-the-art care to patients suffering from ischemic strokes (the most common type) and hemorrhagic strokes. Receiving expert treatment for strokes can mean the difference between life and death.
Forest Hills Hospital is one of 11 hospitals in North Shore-LIJ Health System to receive the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the hospitals' commitment and successes in implementing a higher standard of stroke care to ensure that stroke patients receive treatment in accordance with the latest evidence-based guidelines.
- AHA-Certified Heart Station – We have the ability to treat all types of acute coronary syndromes with all clot-buster drugs available. We consistently meet the American Heart Association recommendations for delivering the drug to patients with acute myocardial infarctions within 30 minutes.
- Level II Trauma Center – This designation means that Forest Hills Hospital's Emergency Medicine Department has physician specialists including neurosurgeons, pulmonologists, intensivists, trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists and orthopaedists on call 24/7 to provide immediate state-of-the-art care to all trauma patients, including those involved in serious accidents. Other features of a Level II trauma center are the presence of an in-house lab, as well advanced life support immediately available on air, 911 and long-distance transport.
- Separate Fast Track Unit – The fast track unit at Forest Hills Hospital's Emergency Medicine Department allows patients with minor illnesses or injuries to be treated rapidly in an environment appropriate to the severity of their illness. Open daily from 12pm to 11pm, our seven-bed unit is staffed by an attending emergency physician and attending doctors, residents, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
- Advanced Emergency Observation Unit – The observation unit is for patients who require extended care that does not necessitate a prolonged inpatient hospital admission.
- 911 Receiving Hospital – The Emergency Department is a 911 receiving hospital for both police and voluntary ambulance services in Queens County and FDNY from New York City.
- Two Separate Entrances– One entrance is for walk-in patients, and the other entrance is for those arriving by ambulance. Separate triage at each entrance expedites access to care.
- Bedside registration – This is to speed access to care and enhance patient privacy.
- Updated cardiac monitors and centralized telemetry monitoring are on hand.
- State-of-the-art ultrasound machine is dedicated to the emergency department.
Our Forest Hills location in central Queens, just off Queens Boulevard, makes it easy for all Queens and surrounding area residents to benefit from the highest standard of emergency care. We welcome your inquiries and comments.