• Press Release

Mount Sinai Queens Celebrates Grand Opening of Its New Pavilion

$180 Million Project Launches New Era in Accessibility and Quality for Queens Residents Kaufman Astoria Studios Entrance Unveiled

  • New York, NY
  • (April 26, 2018)

Mount Sinai Health System celebrated the opening of the Mount Sinai Queens Pavilion, which includes an enlarged surgical suite and expanded outpatient medical, imaging, and presurgical testing services. Community representatives, elected officials, leaders of the Mount Sinai Health System, and special guests joined together today to mark this milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the Kaufman Astoria Studios Entrance.

The addition of the 140,000-square-foot Pavilion highlights the impressive change Mount Sinai Queens is bringing to the delivery of health care in Queens. This new, thoroughly modern building gives patients access to excellent medical care and a wide spectrum of primary care physicians and medical and surgical specialists, all of whom are on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, while providing support for the growing complexity of care, like specialized urologic procedures using robotic surgery.

“We are so proud of the high quality and depth and breadth of care we provide to the Queens community. Providing care close to home and work is a key element of providing excellence in health care,” said Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Queens.  “This effort to ensure accessible quality care would not have been possible without the tremendous support from the leadership at Mount Sinai, our elected officials, and our community partners. I am so grateful to everyone who made the Pavilion a reality.”

The Grand Opening was hosted by Ms. Schwab and David L. Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital.  Honored guests and speakers included New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, New York City Councilmembers Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer, and Hal G. Rosenbluth, President and CEO, Kaufman Astoria Studios. Kaufman Astoria Studios made a gift to Mount Sinai Queens to help fund the Pavilion. 

The rebuilding process began in August 2013 and opened in phases, beginning with the Stavros Niarchos Emergency Department in May 2016. Mount Sinai estimates that the expansion project generated at least 460 construction-related and 340 additional jobs, and added more than $175 million to the local economy.  About 175 staff have been added as a result of the building project.

“Mount Sinai Queens is carrying on the 120-year tradition of delivering health care on this site,” said Dr. Reich.  “With these stunning new facilities and state-of-the-art technology, the Hospital is attracting top talent to further augment its excellent physician and nursing staff.   In October 2017, the Hospital performed a clot retrieval from the brain to save a patient from a debilitating stroke. This is the first time that delicate procedure was ever performed in Queens, which is just one instance of the growing complexity of care and procedures performed at Mount Sinai Queens.

“Mount Sinai Queens epitomizes the vital transition that is happening in health care today,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System. “For many years the Mount Sinai Health System has been transitioning to a new model of care, where we focus on keeping entire communities healthy and out of the hospital.  The Mount Sinai Queens Pavilion is part of that transformation by delivering proactive care in an ambulatory setting.”

“Kaufman Astoria Studios is embedded in our community and believes state of the art healthcare is essential for the neighborhood’s growth and viability,” said Hal G. Rosenbluth, President and CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios. “Having Mount Sinai Queens Hospital here and watching their tremendous effort, led by Caryn Schwab, to turn it into one of the finest health care institutions in the City made it an easy decision to join them in the growth of the hospital.  It is a great honor to have Kaufman Astoria Studio’s name greet the neighborhood as they enter.”

Overview of services in the Mount Sinai Queens Pavilion:

Expanded, state-of-the-art Emergency Department (ED):  The Stavros Niarchos Emergency Department treated nearly 63,000 patients in 2017.  At 20,000 square feet, it is nearly five times the size of its predecessor. With a glass-enclosed, expansive entrance and waiting area, the space 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 patients’ bedsides. 

Expanded surgical suite:  Six new operating rooms plus an interventional radiology suite, and robotic surgery featuring the industry-leading da Vinci® XI™ robot

Expansion of outpatient medical services:  Mount Sinai Doctors Queens is an integrated, multispecialty medical practice with more than 40 primary care physicians in internal medicine and pediatrics;  medical specialists in cardiology, ENT/otolaryngology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, rheumatology, and pulmonology; and surgical specialties including general surgery, breast surgery, colorectal surgery, orthopedic  surgery, plastic surgery,  thoracic surgery, transplant care, urology/urologic surgery, and vascular surgery.

Full range of imaging modalities including MRI, CT, Pet/CT, bone density, mammography, X-ray, and ultrasound.

Pre-surgical testing and integrated laboratory services providing convenience to patients, timely results, and fewer return visits.

About Mount Sinai Queens
Mount Sinai Queens is at the forefront of health care delivery.   From its roots more than 120 years ago as Astoria Sanatorium to the cutting-edge quality care and service it delivers today, Mount Sinai Queens is dedicated to serving Queens and beyond.

Mount Sinai Queens’ beautiful new six-story, 140,000-square-foot, $180 million Pavilion is the centerpiece of the Hospital’s dedication to its communities.

Its unwavering commitment to patient safety and an outstanding patient experience is demonstrated by the Hospital’s excellent record of reduced pressure injuries, UTIs, restraints and falls along with best in class patient experience scores. Mount Sinai Queens is singular in the borough in receiving Magnet® designation for nursing excellence, and Primary Stroke Center designation by The Joint Commission and the NYS Department of Health. Epic, the hospital’s electronic medical record, allows instant access to critical patient information across all inpatient and outpatient departments enabling faster and more thorough treatment.

For more information, visit www.mountsinai.org/queens

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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