• Press Release

Mount Sinai Announces Major Step Forward in $1 Billion Downtown Transformation

Certificate of Need Application Filed with State Department of Health Lays Out Vision for the New Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital and Improved New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai; Enhanced Services will Provide Better Care for the Downtown Community

Application Includes Largest Private Investment in Behavioral Health in New York History to Create New Mount Sinai Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center, a “One-Stop” Location for Psychiatric, Addiction, Physical Health, and Social Service Needs

  • New York, NY
  • (July 22, 2019)

Mount Sinai Health System, one of New York’s largest integrated medical and academic health systems, today filed Certificate of Need (CON) applications with the New York State Department of Health for the new Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital and an enhanced and fully integrated New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. The CON applications also outline plans for a new Mount Sinai Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center.

President of Mount Sinai Downtown, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, Dr. Jeremy Boal said: “Today marks an important step forward in Mount Sinai’s $1 billion commitment to rebuild, renew and revitalize health care for the Downtown community. From the new Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital and enhanced New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, to an expanded and enhanced ambulatory network and a new Mount Sinai Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center, we are transforming how health care services are delivered to New Yorkers.”

Demolition for the planned site of the new Mount Sinai Beth Israelhospital was completed earlier this year and, pending approvals, Mount Sinai anticipates breaking ground in early 2020. Expected to open in 2023, the new hospital will feature all private inpatient beds, cutting edge cardiac and neurologic interventional services, an operative platform, and a state-of-the-art emergency department. It will be integrated with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, allowing for enhanced Ophthalmologic and ENT clinical services, including a 24/7 eye trauma emergency department, and access to state-of-the-art imaging, pharmacy, and laboratory services. In the meantime, the current MSBI hospital and emergency department will remain fully open and accessible until the opening of the new hospital.

Included in the $1 billion Downtown plan is a $140 million commitment to create a comprehensive, community-oriented behavioral health center: The Mount Sinai Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center. The new facility, located at the site of the current Rivington House, will offer downtown residents a holistic approach to mental health and become a one-stop location for psychiatric, addiction, physical health, and social service needs. The new facility preserves all of the existing services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and offers a host of new services, including intensive crisis and respite beds, partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient program, mobile and in-home services, behavioral health care engagement teams, and primary care services. The site will not include methadone treatment services.

"The model of care for the Mount Sinai Behavioral Health Comprehensive Center will not be available anywhere else in New York. This Center exemplifies Mount Sinai’s deep and longstanding commitment to behavioral health, and it is not simply a re-location or addition of services. It is a new, transformational model of care for people with behavioral health conditions that creates a fully integrated continuum of care in one location," said Sabina Lim, MD, MPH, Vice President and Chief of Strategy, Behavioral Health, for the Mount Sinai Health System

This announcement builds on Mount Sinai’s ongoing investment in the Downtown community. Utilizing an integrated network of outpatient facilities stretching river to river below 34th Street, Mount Sinai’s more than 20 downtown centers boast more than 500 physicians across 30 medical and surgical specialties, with more than 1 million annual patient visits. Together, the facilities offer a broad array of primary and specialty services built around the unique needs of our patients.

These new services provided to the community include:

  • The Martha StewartCenter for Living at Union Square, specializing in geriatric medicine and healthy aging;
  • Urgent Care at Mount Sinai Union Square offering immediate care that is co-located with over 30 specialty practices, diagnostic imaging capability, and ambulatory surgery;
  • The Mount Sinai National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute, offering 10 exam rooms, treatment suites, and services designed specifically for diagnosing and treating respiratory diseases;
  • Mount Sinai Heart, featuring nationally acclaimed cardiovascular specialists experienced in diagnosing and treating patients with heart conditions;
  • Mount Sinai Thyroid Center, offering enhanced thyroid care in a single location;
  • The Women’s Cancer Center at The Blavatnik Family – Chelsea Medical Center offering integrated breast cancer and gynecological oncology services, upgraded technology and expanded mammography services;
  • Mount Sinai Doctors Stuyvesant Town offering primary care for adults and children as well as orthopedics and podiatry;
  • More than 500 Mount Sinai physicians providing care below 34th Street in Manhattan.

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 several 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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