Hospital For Joint Diseases Newly Renovated Clinic Offers Immediate Orthopaedic Care, Seven Days A Week

April 12, 2011 (All day)

The Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Langone Medical Center (HJD) recently re-opened the doors to a refurbished and expanded Samuels Orthopaedic Immediate Care Center. The Immediate Care Center is New York City’s only walk-in clinic for patients with muscle, bone and joint conditions and injuries open seven days a week. 

“Muscle, bone and joint injuries can be very painful – but are often given low priority in a typical emergency care setting,” said Gail Chorney, MD, assistant professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and medical director for ambulatory care services at HJD. “The Immediate Care Center alleviates emergency room congestion while providing the community immediate access to specially trained nursing staff and orthopaedic specialists affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.”

More than 70 percent of patients treated at the Immediate Care Center leave the hospital in less than two hours. However, with the renovated facility located within HJD, those patients with injuries that require emergency surgery now have access to operating rooms that are only minutes away.

Dr. Chorney notes spring is the time of year when people frequently are injured during their exuberance of being active and outside for the first time in months. “People forget it can still be cold and don’t always dress appropriately, take the time to warm up or make sure their equipment is in good shape. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bike, running shoes or just those muscles and joints that have been sitting on a couch all winter,” she cautions. “It’s been a long winter and it’s important to remember your own fitness level and not overdo it.”

First opened in December of 1992, more than 7,000 patients visit the Samuels Immediate Care Center at HJD each year. The refurbished facility boasts more than 5,000 square feet of renovated space designed to speed admissions, diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic injuries in adults and children.

Exam rooms are enhanced with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to enable the staff to quickly evaluate, treat and, if necessary, admit patients to the hospital for further orthopaedic care.  To make visits less stressful, particularly for pediatric patients, most of the exam rooms have LCD televisions.

The NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD) is consistently ranked among the leading orthopaedic centers nationwide by U.S. News and World Report and is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). HJD is one of the nation’s leading orthopaedic and rheumatologic specialty hospitals and offers one of the most advanced orthopaedic programs in the region for musculoskeletal disorders and the largest pediatric orthopaedic program in New York City.

Patients can learn more about the Orthopaedic Immediate Care Center by visiting the website at http://orthosurgery.med.nyu.edu/samuels-orthopaedic-immediate-care-center or calling 212-598-7600.

Media Inquiries:      
Craig Andrews
212-404-3511 | craig.andrews@nyumc.org