BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
Mount Sinai Queens hospital will undergo an expansion with a new 125,000-square-foot multi-story building that will provide one-stop shopping for coordinated medical services.
The groundbreaking on Oct. 21 signified more than just a new building for the hospital, Caryn Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens, said.
After serving Western Queens for more than 100 years, the hospital will be transformed by NK Architects and Davis Brody Bond, LLP.
With a larger emergency room and surgical facility, the goal of the hospital’s expansion is to offer care that is patient-centered, high quality and value-driven.
“Our new building and modernization project epitomizes our goal of giving patients the highly-personalized care of a community hospital, with easy access to world-class specialists,” said Peter May, chairman of the boards of trustees of the Mount Sinai Health System.
The $125 million dollar project began in August and is expected to be complete in 2016. Through the hospital’s expansion, Mount Sinai officials estimate at least 460 construction-related jobs, 340 additional related jobs and 160 permanent jobs once the project is complete.
The expanded, state-of-the-art emergency department, which is named in recognition of the generous gift from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, will feature 36 patient bays, eight observation beds, an off-street drive-through ambulance bay, a separate walk-in entrance and a new imaging suite.
Seven new operating rooms with the latest technology will also add to the expansion. In terms of out-patient medical services, an integrated, multi-specialty medical practice with additional primary care physicians in internal medicine, family practice, OB/GYN and pediatrics will be added.
From the infrastructure perspective, new boilers, chillers, emergency generators, new windows, cladding to the existing façade and central air conditioning can be expected after the project is complete.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said she is proud to have supported this project from the beginning because it ties well with the healthcare reform.
“Today, healthcare reform will make it possible for millions of Americans to obtain what should be a fundamental right in our country: access to quality healthcare,” Maloney said in a statement. “And that is what residents in Western Queens and beyond can find at the current Mount Sinai Queens.”
David Reich, M.D., president and chief operating officer of the Mount Sinai Hospital, said he has seen the institution transform from a separate, community hospital into a state-of-the-art, fully integrated medical facility.
“The people of Western Queens are fortunate to have a hospital that is adapting to the changes taking place in medicine today,” Reich said in a statement.
A showcase for the latest technology, a representative from the architectural design firm Davis Brody Bond said “the design of the new facility reflects a vision for what healthcare delivery in the post-Affordable Care Act era will be.”
Mount Sinai Queens currently hosts 235 beds with a team of nearly 500 physicians representing close to 40 medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties.
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