NEW ROCHELLE, NY — The New York State Department of Health has de-designated Montefiore New Rochelle as an Area Trauma Center effective immediately. The hospital was notified in a letter obtained by Talk of the Sound. The letter, addressed to Chief Executive Officer Anthony Alfano, is dated February 9th.
The de-designation came about after the New York State Department of Health has adopted the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma verification process. The DOH sent out a letter dated June 26, 2014 detailing the requirements for continued participation in the New York State trauma system and a timeline was outlined. Specific information was requested.
The letter states that as of Monday, the DOH has not received the required documentation. As a result, Montefiore New Rochelle is not in compliance with Part 708 (5) of Title 10 and does not meet criteria to be designated as a New York State area trauma center.
The DOH has informed the local Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC) that critically injured patients will be transported to another facility for care, most likely Jacobi Medical Center.
Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The Montefiore web site lists Montefiore New Rochelle’s Designation as a New York State Area Trauma Center as one its distinctions.