Mount Sinai Queens Opens New Expanded Emergency Department

New York, NY
 – June 9, 2016 /Press Release/  –– 

Mount Sinai Queens welcomes community residents to its expanded and upgraded Stavros Niarchos Foundation Emergency Department (ED), located on the corner of Crescent Street and 30th Road.

The ED, nearly five times the size of its predecessor, allows the hospital to grow with the communities of western Queens and beyond as they undergo sustained residential and commercial development. The new ED is the first step in the opening of the $175 million Mount Sinai Queens expansion project, which broke ground in October 2013.  Subsequent phases will open soon, including a new outpatient Imaging center; a large, multi-specialty physician practice to be called Mount Sinai Doctors, Queens; new, expanded operating rooms; and an Interventional Radiology Suite.

A significant gift from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation was the first in the philanthropic campaign to support the expansion and rebuilding of Mount Sinai Queens. NK Architects and Davis Brody Bond LLP served as architects; the builder is Skanska USA.

“We are excited and honored to begin opening this state-of-the-art building for our community and borough,” said Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Queens. “We want to deliver the best care for our residents and in this building, they will get it.  I’m grateful to Mount Sinai leadership, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, our elected officials, and our community partners who helped make this project a reality.”

The 20,000-square-foot ED, with a glass-enclosed, expansive entrance and waiting area, features a combination of private rooms and patient bays, a separate pediatric emergency area with a family-friendly waiting room, a cardiac and critical care resuscitation room, bariatric- and dialysis-capable rooms, and a separate covered ambulance entrance. Wi-Fi service is available throughout the ED, and individual televisions are at all bedsides for patients.  The Mount Sinai Queens ED treated more than 51,000 patients in 2015.

“Mount Sinai Queens has always been a vital part of the communities it serves, and its physicians, nurses and staff will continue to provide the highest level of care,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System. “We’re very proud to have worked closely with local stakeholders and elected officials in heralding in a new era of health care in Queens— one that puts a focus on preventive care to better serve the needs of this community.”

Mount Sinai Queens is a New York State Department of Health-certified Stroke Center and the only Joint Commission-designated Primary Stroke Center in Queens. To further elevate stroke care, the new ED is equipped with dedicated X-ray equipment and a state-of-the-art CT scanner to expedite stroke diagnosis and treatment, which is crucial for improving patient outcomes.  

“The Stavros Niarchos Foundation was a strong and early supporter of this project, which took many years of hard work and collaboration to bring to fruition,” said Andreas C. Dracopoulos, Co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which provided the naming gift for the ED. “The result is a cutting-edge facility that will enable talented clinicians to do their best work, and will serve the demands of a growing Queens community.”

“We are delighted to serve Western Queens with a state-of-the-art, fully integrated medical facility with access to the highest quality, personalized care,” said David L. Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mount Sinai Hospital. “We look forward to continued collaboration with our community to realize the vision of a new Mount Sinai Queens.

About Mount Sinai Queens
Mount Sinai Queens has been serving the communities of western Queens and beyond since 1999 when it acquired the former Western Queens Community Hospital.  The Hospital has been delivering health care in this location for 120 years.

With 235-licensed acute care beds, Mount Sinai Queens currently provides adult medical and surgical services, with a team of nearly 500 physicians representing close to 40 medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties.  Between the physicians and staff, 35 languages are spoken; just one of the many ways that Mount Sinai Queens serves the needs of the culturally diverse population of our community.
In addition to providing inpatient care, Mount Sinai Queens serves the communities of Western Queens and beyond by providing primary and specialty outpatient care; occupational, speech and physical therapy; outpatient surgery; cancer care and a range of radiological testing.

Mount Sinai Queens is the only hospital in Queens to bear the prestigious Mount Sinai name and is now one of seven hospitals and the Icahn School of Medicine that form the Mount Sinai Health System.  The Hospital combines the medical excellence of an academic medical center with the compassionate, caring environment you expect from a community hospital.  

Our commitment to patient safety and an outstanding patient experience is unwavering as demonstrated by our excellent record of reduced pressure injuries, UTIs, restraints and falls along with best in class patient experience scores, recent Magnet® designation for nursing excellence and our full embrace of EPIC, an electronic medical record, across all inpatient and outpatient departments.

For more information visit, www.mshq.org or find Mount Sinai Queens on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Linked In.

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,000 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals in Geriatrics, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, and Gastroenterology, and is in the top 25 in five other specialties in the 2014-2015 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel is ranked regionally.

For more information, visit http://www.mountsinai.org or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is one of the world’s leading private international philanthropic organizations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. The Foundation funds organizations and projects that are expected to achieve a broad, lasting and positive impact for society at large, focusing on vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly, and also exhibit strong leadership and sound management. The Foundation also seeks actively to support projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.

2016 marks the twentieth year of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation's global philanthropic activity. Since 1996, the SNF has made grant commitments of $1.8 billion / €1.5 billion, through 3,438 grants to nonprofit organizations in 111 nations around the world.

For more information, visit www.SNF.org.

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