An extension of the hospital’s Tisch Cancer Institute, the outpatient facility will be used to provide chemotherapy, as well as a wide range of transfusion services. Caryn Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens, said the new center could allow doctors to provide care to hundreds more patients annually.
“With this center, and larger [extension] plans, we’re finally going to give the community what they deserve—the most up-to-date quality care we can provide,” said Mt. Sinai physician Luis Isola.
The facility is one in an extensive series of renovations and modernizations the hospital has been undergoing since 2013. The $125 million expansion plan includes a new six-floor building with seven new operating rooms, new advanced imaging services and a larger emergency department.
The renovated emergency department will open before the end of the year, Schwab said, while the remainder of the renovations should be completed in 2016.
“Years ago, I realized medical oncology was becoming more complex,” said Dr. Howard Greenberg. “We could cure the incurable, we could provide longer remission times, but those services were only being provided across the river. Because of [these renovations], we’re able to fill the need in the community. It provides us the best of both worlds: world-class medical care from the comfort of your own community.”
Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas said the expansion would enhance the Queens community as a whole.
“The fact families don’t have to go in a tunnel to get best quality medical care for their families anymore is huge,” she said. “[The expansions] make this a more desirable place to live.”
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer cited his long personal history with the hospital’s oncology unit, the site of his stepfather’s death years ago, and where his sister Dawn sought treatment for breast cancer after her diagnosis.
Now in remission for ten years, he said he believed the expanded facilities would lead to more success stories like his sister’s.
“You’re going to save a lot of lives, and make lives so much better because of this,” he said. “So many great stories, like my sister’s, are going to come out of this place.”