Mt. Sinai opened a new Brooklyn Heights medical facility Wednesday, which they say can fill some of the need left by Long Island College Hospital effectively shutting down. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
Carmelle Daniel used to bring her family to Brooklyn's Long Island College Hospital for doctors visits. But with LICH under constant threat of closure, she moved her family's medical care.
"Our children were born at LICH. I was just really, really sad. The doctors that we were so accustomed to, that we had bonded with, that our children had formed a really special relationship with are over here now," said Daniel.
On Wednesday, Mount Sinai Medical Center celebrated the opening of its new outpatient facility located at 300 Cadman Plaza. It's called Mt. Sinai Doctors Brooklyn Heights.
"We understand that more and more care is going to shift to the ambulatory, that is to say the outpatient arena and we think this model is the way outpatient care needs to be given in the future," said Mt. Sinai Health Network President Dr. Arthur Klein.
Mt. Sinai provides care on two floors of the building offering patients 30 different medical specialties.
"They want all their services in one place. They want to see their primary care physician, their specialists, have their X-rays, have their lab tests all under one roof," said Simeon Schwartz of WESTMED Practice Partners.
While it will be open seven days a week, it doesn't replace a hospital which offers in-patient care and can treat heart attack patients and other immediate life threatening situations. But it does offer what's known as urgent care.
"We're available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week but we have immediate access to a whole array of specialties, quite advanced diagnostics in imaging including ultrasound and CT scan," said Dr. Matthew Spitzer.
Brooklyn is the seventh site in the Mt. Sinai network. There are five facilities in Manhattan and one in Queens. The new location has about 30 doctors so far but plans on a total of 50.
Mount Sinai Doctors Brooklyn Heights expects to be fully staffed by the end of the year.
Officials say they're looking at other sites in the metropolitan area to continue its expanding network.