February 17, 2017: Statement from Jeremy Boal, President of Mount Sinai Downtown
The Mount Sinai Downtown network is proud to provide the finest quality obstetrics and gynecological care, including at Mount Sinai Downtown - Union Square (formerly the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center). All of these top quality services will continue as we undergo our Downtown transformation, but as previously announced, deliveries at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI), including neonatal care, will be ending in late May. Currently, MSBI delivers an average of only six babies daily.
When it comes time to deliver, expectant mothers will have delivery suites and operating rooms available at Mount Sinai West (MSW) and The Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH). Both hospitals are renowned for their labor and delivery services, and continue to invest in infrastructure to ensure that new and expecting mothers receive the best care possible. In addition, both MSH and MSW are equipped with a full-service, Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for infants born prematurely or with complications.
Expectant mothers who live in Brooklyn will also have the opportunity to take advantage of care closer to home. Mount Sinai is working to expand its strategic relationship with The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), and Mount Sinai and its physicians are planning to work jointly in the provision of clinical care and quality oversight of the obstetrics program at TBHC. TBHC is also equipped with a full-service, Level III NICU.
Mount Sinai Health System today announced that it will be opening a new practice in Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, as part of its more than $500 million project to rebuild Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) and create the new “Mount Sinai Downtown” network. This practice, offering primary care and specialty services, will help achieve Mount Sinai’s goal of transforming and embracing a new model of care that focuses on serving patients in the most appropriate setting, emphasizing keeping people healthy and out of the hospital.
The Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village practice will be located at 516-518 East 20th Street, with construction expected to be completed by Fall of 2017. The practice will offer primary care and pediatric services provided by a consistent team of family medicine, internists and pediatricians. A set of specialty care services, which will be determined in consultation with Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, surrounding communities and interest groups, will also be offered on a rotating basis. The practice will operate with extended weekday and weekend hours, and will accept both walk-in and scheduled appointments. Read the full press release
As previously announced, MSBI will be transitioning our pediatrics unit and pediatrics ICU to a pediatric short-stay unit early next year. Currently, less than one child a day is being cared for in MSBI’s PICU and less than 4 children a day are in our general pediatrics unit. A majority of these general pediatrics patients are often in our hospital for less than two days so they would continue to be treated in our short-stay unit. Patients requiring highly complex care, including intensive care, will be moved to the Kravis Children’s Hospital, the health system’s center of excellence for pediatrics.
In our pediatric short-stay unit, children will be treated by pediatricians and pediatric specialty trained nurses. Furthermore, both our current and future emergency departments will still care for pediatric patients, treating them for issues from severe asthma to broken bones.
These changes ensure pediatric patients will continue to receive the best care.
Jeremy Boal, MD, has been appointed President of Mount Sinai Downtown. He will oversee the creation and implementation of Mount Sinai Health System’s more than $500 million investment to create Mount Sinai Downtown, which includes a new Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) and an enhanced New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. With nearly two decades of experience in patient care and hospital management, Dr. Boal is exceptionally well suited to lead Mount Sinai Downtown.
Dr. Boal, who currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, will be promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System in order to maintain our pursuit of the highest level of clinical excellence for all our patients. The transition will start immediately, and Dr. Boal will fully assume his new roles in January 2017. Dr. Boal will report to Kenneth Davis, MD, in both of these roles.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Boal served as Chief Medical Officer for the North Shore-LIJ Health System (now Northwell Health), where he was responsible for quality and safety across the system’s hospitals, ambulatory practices, home care, and sub-acute and long-term care facilities. He was also responsible for the management of clinical, educational, research, and operational matters related to medical and clinical affairs. A board certified internist with additional certification in geriatrics, Dr. Boal began his career as a resident at Mount Sinai nearly 25 years ago.
Dr. Boal will be taking the place of Susan Somerville, RN, who provided expert leadership of MSBI during several challenging years as President. Ms. Somerville, who joined Mount Sinai Health System after a long career at North Shore-LIJ, was integral in the planning of the Mount Sinai Downtown transformation.
Phillips Ambulatory Care Center (PACC) renamed Mount Sinai Downtown Union Square, to be upgraded to become Specialized Care Facility including a new Urgent Care Center;
Mount Sinai Cancer Center West renamed Mount Sinai Downtown Chelsea Center, to open new Women’s Cancer Center Facility with Integrated Breast Cancer and Gynecology Oncology Services
NEW YORK, NY – October 11, 2016 – Mount Sinai Health System today announced the start of the first phase of its more than $500 million project to rebuild Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) and create the new “Mount Sinai Downtown” network. The new network will consist of expanded and renovated outpatient facilities at three major sites with more than 35 operating and procedure rooms and an extensive network of 16 physician practice locations with more than 600 doctors, stretching from the East River to the Hudson River below 34th Street. Mount Sinai Downtown will be anchored by a new MSBI inpatient hospital with operating and procedure rooms, and a brand-new state-of-the-art Emergency Department, located two blocks from the current MSBI. The transformation will also include a major investment to support and strengthen behavioral health services, anchored at MSBI’s Bernstein Pavilion. Additionally, the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai will be preserved and enhanced. MSBI hospital will remain open throughout this transformation, and its emergency room will remain open until the new ED is fully operational at the new hospital. Read the full press release
As part of our previously announced plan to transform Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) hospital and create our new Mount Sinai Downtown Network, we will be relocating the MSBI cardiac surgery program, one of the hospital's more complex programs, to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s (MSSL) hospital at the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.
Incorporating this program into MSSL will allow us to create a new Center of Excellence with our world-class surgical teams, and increase our efficiency in delivering the high quality care that our patients have come to know and expect. By concentrating a high-volume of procedures we are able to centralize our expertise and provide an extraordinary level of care.
MSBI will continue to provide cardiac catheterization and an emergency heart attack and stroke program. In fact, we will continue to offer our current interventional cardiac programs – including our 24-hour cardiac catheterization lab at our Petrie campus. These services will then be transferred to our brand-new, state-of-the-art hospital on 14th Street when construction is completed.
The proposed details of relocating and transitioning our cardiac services are being discussed with the Department of Health, and we will continue to provide updates as this plan develops.
In response to the community’s changing healthcare needs and as part of our previously announced plan to better serve the community and enhance services overall, we will begin relocating the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, currently located at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel campus. In the next few weeks, patients requiring inpatient post-acute care will be provided access to all critical services they need at inpatient rehabilitation programs at other Mount Sinai Health System facilities. At no point will access to Mount Sinai physicians or services be interrupted; they are only being relocated closer to other Mount Sinai Centers of Excellence to provide better access to state-of-the-art services.
This planned relocation is a result of both the decline in patient use of the existing Beth Israel inpatient rehab unit - we are currently providing care for only 13 patients – as well as an industry wide transition from an inpatient rehab model to one increasingly focused on an outpatient therapy model, resulting in the need for fewer inpatient beds for these services
Mount Sinai will focus on optimizing the use of its existing inpatient rehab beds at our other hospitals to enhance the care of those with severe disabilities, such as model treatment for spinal cord injury and brain injury, and other rehabilitation innovations. Moreover, we will continue to provide and enhance the outpatient therapy and rehabilitation programs at Mount Sinai’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Union Square.
We do not anticipate any job losses as a result of the relocation of the inpatient rehab unit and have already begun meeting and working with our union partners to ensure that the affected union employees are retrained, if necessary, and offered other union opportunities at equal pay within the Mount Sinai Health System.
Earlier this year, Mount Sinai Health System announced that it will be investing over $500 million to create the new Mount Sinai Downtown, an expanded and unified network of state-of-the-art facilities stretching from the East River to the Hudson River below 34th Street. The new network will include a new, smaller Mount Sinai Downtown Beth Israel hospital with a brand-new state-of-the-art Emergency Department (ED), two blocks from the current Mount Sinai Beth Israel.
Update on Building Transformation: Abatement and Demolition of 321 East 13th Street
Interior abatement has begun and is estimated to be completed in the Fall of 2017. After completion, exterior demolition will commence. We will update you with specifics on the timeline as they develop.
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