History of Mount Sinai Queens
Mount Sinai Queens traces its roots to 1892. Astoria Hospital was originally located on Astoria Boulevard, where local residents made their way around town in horse-drawn carriages. Doctors petitioned the Hospital Board of Managers for more space, and funds were raised through a public fair and the generous donations of local philanthropists. On May 4, 1896, a gala opening heralded Astoria Hospital’s new Tudor Building on Crescent Street between 30th Avenue and 30th Road, with sweeping views of Manhattan.
Its doors were open to all patients, without regard to gender, creed, or nationality. The hospital’s goal was to be “a model of completeness and comfort.” The new facility included two operating rooms, separate wards for men and women, a dining room, a training school, apartments for nurses, and even a horse stable and ambulance in the rear.
Two years after moving to its new location, the hospital was forced to close due to the lack of city funding. In the ensuing years, doctors made unsuccessful attempts to revive the hospital. Then Marie Daly bought the hospital and opened Daly’s Astoria Sanatorium in 1925 as a maternity hospital and a place where patients could recuperate from long illnesses. Her husband, Dr. John F. Daly, served as medical director during the sanatorium’s early years, and in 1932, the incorporation was approved by the state under the name Daly’s Astoria Sanatorium.
A Name Change
A group of physicians purchased the hospital in 1949 and changed its name to Astoria General Hospital. The new owners embarked on an expansion to meet the growing needs of the local postwar community. In 1952, a new three-story building was constructed on 30th Avenue, where Mount Sinai Queens stands today, connected to the original building. In 1964, three additional floors were added to the building, bringing the total number of hospital beds to 235. The hospital thrived throughout the 1960s. In 1965, Astoria General served more patients and delivered more babies than any other private hospital in Queens.
In 1972, a group of investors bought the hospital and took over its operation. The hospital continued to expand during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1985, the ambulatory surgery center was built at 25-25 30th Road, and four years later the hospital opened a center for laser vascular surgery–the first such facility in Queens, Brooklyn, or Long Island.
An Affiliation with The Mount Sinai Hospital
The changing economics of health care made survival as a stand-alone hospital increasingly difficult. In 1993, the hospital became an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and changed its name to Western Queens Community Hospital the following year. In 1999, Mount Sinai purchased the hospital. It became the first community hospital to bear the Mount Sinai name.
Since joining Mount Sinai, hospital management has worked consistently to modernize the facility, introduce state-of-the-art technology, and attract high-caliber physicians and nurses who are among the best in their fields. Bringing physicians, resources, and knowledge from the Mount Sinai Health System has been integral to our efforts to improve the quality of health care in Queens.
Throughout its history, Mount Sinai Queens has been committed to serving the community and the needs of patients.
2016 — The new $150 million, 140,000 square foot building, featuring the state-of-the-art Stavros Niarchos Foundation Emergency Department, opens.
2012 — The hospital celebrates the 120th anniversary of the founding of Astoria Hospital, whose building on Crescent Street would eventually become Mount Sinai Queens.
1999 — The Mount Sinai Hospital purchases Western Queens Community Hospital. It is the first community hospital to bear the Mount Sinai name.
1994 — The hospital changes its name to Western Queens Community Hospital.
1993 — Astoria General Hospital becomes an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital.
1989 — The hospital opens a center for laser vascular surgery, the first such center in Queens, Brooklyn, or Long Island.
1988 — The hospital becomes a receiving hospital of the emergency medical service.
1985 — An ambulatory surgery center is built at 25-25 30th Road.
1972 — A group of investors purchases the hospital and takes over its operation.
1964 — By year’s end, three additional floors are added to the three-story building on 30th Avenue.
1963 — Astoria General Hospital is one of seven private hospitals to form the Queens Private Hospitals Association.
1952 — A new three-story building is constructed on 30th Avenue.
1925 — Marie Daly, the wife of John Francis Daly, MD, buys the hospital. Daly’s Astoria Sanatorium opens. Babies are delivered, and patients come to recuperate from long illnesses.
1910 — Several former doctors from the Astoria Hospital attempt to revive it, but they are unsuccessful.
1898 — Astoria Hospital is forced to close due to lack of funds. The building has mixed uses for the next 25 years.
1896 — Astoria Hospital is completed in April. A gala opening is held May 4.
1895 — Cornerstone laid on November 1. A new hospital is built on Crescent Street.
1894 — Doctors petition the Hospital Board of Managers for more space. A public fair raises money for the new hospital.
1892 — First Astoria Hospital opens on Astoria Boulevard.