• Press Release

Mount Sinai Queens Opens New Expanded Emergency Department

  • New York, NY
  • (June 09, 2016)

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.

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About the Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals, over 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time — discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, receiving high "Honor Roll" status, and are highly ranked: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital among the country’s best in 4 out of 10 pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: It is consistently ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and top 20 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding and top 5 in the nation for numerous basic and clinical research areas. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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