Mount Sinai Queens’ expansion project took a major step forward Thursday as the final beam on its new state-of-the-art facility was set in place. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
There was a lot to cheer about at Mount Sinai Queens hospital on Thursday.
Signed by Hospital staff and community leaders, the final beam was raised, completing the steel construction of a new six-story building.
"It's 130,000 square feet. It was really designed with how medicine is going to be delivered in the 21st
Century,” said Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn Schwab.
The topping off ceremony was for a building that's part of a $125 million expansion and modernization of the hospital in Astoria, which is part of the Mount Sinai Health System. Renovations include a larger emergency department, new operating suites and other medical services.
"We're going to have a couple of floors of medical office space, people can come see their primary care doctor or come see a specialist. We'll have advanced imaging, everything from bone density to MRI,” said Schwab.
The expansion comes at a time when others hospitals around the city are closing due to financial challenges and changes in the health care industry.
Mount Sinai Health System's CEO and President says the growth is not about adding hospital
Kenneth Davis M.D., CEO and President Mount Sinai Health
"The care of the future is preventing disease, facilitating wellness. And if you have a model that requires that, a business model that requires that, then you need a facility like this that can make that happen,” said Dr. Kenneth Davis, CEO and president of Mount Sinai Health System.
Helping make that happen is a $700,000 donation from George Kaufman of nearby Kaufman Astoria Studios, which will have te entrance to the Ambulatory Care Pavilion named after it.
"With Mount Sinai's amazing commitment to this community we felt really important to join forces with them to make this happen,” said Hal Rosenbluth, president and CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios.
The project is expected to be completed in 2016, but Mount Sinai is hoping to get the new Emergency Department up and running even sooner.