Mount Sinai Plans Comprehensive Outpatient Medical Office for Five Towns Community

Lawrence Board of Education accepts bid to sell School 6 property to Simone Healthcare Development; public referendum scheduled for March 20.

New York
 – February 15, 2013 /Press Release/  –– 

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is planning a comprehensive outpatient medical office for the benefit of Five Towns residents.

Simone Healthcare Development Group, a division of Simone Development Companies, has announced that its bid to purchase the former School 6 property in Woodmere has been accepted, subject to a community referendum scheduled for March 20.  In a vote held January 15, the Board of Education of Lawrence School District authorized the President of the Board to execute a contract for the sale of School 6 to a Simone subsidiary for $12.5 million.  

Simone proposes an adaptive re-use of the existing structure as a comprehensive outpatient medical office serving the Five Towns community.  The new facility would be leased and operated by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and also would provide ongoing economic benefits to the community and school district through additional tax revenue and health-care jobs.

"Mount Sinai is committed to working closely with the local community and physicians to provide an integrated model for high-quality outpatient care," said Mark Callahan, MD, CEO of Mount Sinai Care. "We plan to offer patients coordination of primary and specialty care with a full-service multi-specialty practice, with diagnostic services and urgent care, all in one convenient location."  

Mount Sinai plans a comprehensive outpatient medical office staffed by as many as 60 primary care and specialist physicians in a full service multi-specialty practice. The plan is to include cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, hematology/oncology, nephrology, neurology, OBGYN, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, plastic surgery, podiatry, rheumatology and vascular surgery. An urgent care center – available to treat urgent, non-life-threatening medical needs – will also be on-site to provide patients and their families with walk-in access to healthcare. 

"Patients have been found to appreciate the one-stop shopping medical experience of an integrated multi-specialty medical practice." said Simeon Schwartz, MD, a consultant to Mount Sinai. "It is our experience that they like the convenience of a doctor's visit that includes clinical lab testing and radiology services -- all under one roof." 

The existing school building will be preserved and upgraded with verdant landscaping to buffer the adjoining residential areas. The Simone proposal will not burden the site with an expansion of the footprint or overall size of the School 6 building.  The existing façade will remain and landscaping will be enhanced to improve the building’s appeal and appearance.

"Our plans for the property will maintain the exterior while transforming the interior to house a state-of-the-art healthcare facility," said Joseph Simone, President of Simone Development.  "We do plan to greatly enhance the landscaping, adding greenery that will blend in with the surrounding neighborhood.  But the biggest change here will be to the inside of the property and the additional benefits it will bring to the community through the delivery of modern healthcare services, new tax revenue, and good jobs."

Simone excels as a developer of state-of-the-art spaces for the healthcare industry.  The company has a unique understanding of the specialized design, engineering and technological needs of the medical community and has become an expert at providing these services in a cost-effective manner.  Simone also has the capacity to identify, acquire, finance and build projects, handling all steps from start to finish.

About Simone Healthcare Development

Simone Healthcare Development Group, a division of Simone Development Companies, partners with healthcare providers to create turnkey ambulatory medical facilities in the New York metropolitan area, with over a million square feet of new healthcare and medical office space currently built or in development. The company establishes long-term relationships with healthcare providers that encompass every aspect of locating, designing, building, and operating a new facility. By undertaking expansion in partnership with Simone Healthcare Development, healthcare providers reduce their expenditures on real estate services, freeing up capital for investments in technology, personnel, and other resources that enhance their core businesses.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Established in 1968, the Icahn School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States, and is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors.  Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and by  U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.  Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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