Officials break ground at Mount Sinai Queens
by Andrew Pavia
Oct 21, 2013 | 1448 views | 0 0 comments | 551 551 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local elected officials break ground on the Mount Sinai expansion.
Local elected officials break ground on the Mount Sinai expansion.
A rendering of the proposed expansion.
A rendering of the proposed expansion.
Leaders of the Mount Sinai Health System and local elected officials were on hand in Astoria Monday to officially break ground on the $125 million expansion of the Mount Sinai Queens Hospital located on 30th Avenue.

This 125,000-sqaure-foot expansion will include a new building and modernization project that officials have said will improve health care delivery for local residents.

One of the features of the new building will be a larger emergency department in recognition of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

In addition to the increased emergency wing, new operating suits, urgent care, specialty care, laboratory services and primary care will be featured in the expansion project.

“Today’s groundbreaking signifies more than just a new building for our hospital,” said Caryn A. Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens. “With state-of-the-art operating rooms, an expanded emergency department, a full array of medical offices on-site outpatient imaging and new elevators that will allow for better floor of patients and staff, the new Mount Sinai Queens will allow us to address the shift to outpatient care and improve the overall health of our community.”

While the formal groundbreaking took place on Monday, the process has been underway since August 2013 and is expected for completion in 2016. The project will generate at least 460 construction-related jobs, 340 additional related jobs and add approximately $166 million to the local economy.

There facility is also expected to yield 160 staff jobs once the building is completed.

“This hospital has delivered state-of-the-art healthcare for the residents of the most diverse borough in the city,” said Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. “Today’s expansion will continue that tradition.”

The emergency department will feature 36 patient bays with eight operating beds and an off-street “drive through” ambulance bay and a separate walk-in entrance. In addition to the emergency room, there will be even more operating rooms with the latest technology.

“Several of our hospitals were founded well over a century ago, and all of our institutions are instilled with the same mission: to care for people of all ages and from across the socioeconomic spectrum,” said Peter W. May, chairman of the boards of trustees of the Mount Sinai Health System. “Our new building and modernizing project epitomizes our goals of giving patients the highly-personalized care of a community hospital with easy access to world-class specialists.”

This new building will bring with it new infrastructure such as new boilers, chillers and emergency generators which will supply the entire campus.

In the facility that already exists, central air conditioning will be provided to all patients’ rooms, new windows are being installed and new cladding is being applied to façade to match the exterior of the new building.

“The people of Western Queens are fortunate to have a new level of 21st century care as we create this specular new building,” said David L. Reich MD, president of chief operating officer of the Mount Sinai Hospital. “Over the years, I have seen this institution from a community hospital into a state-of-the-art, fully integrated medical facility.”

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