2006-10-25 / Health Care

Mount Sinai Queens Opens New MRI

Photos Tony Barsamian (L. to r.): John Gupta, MSHQ chief operating officer; Caryn Schwab, MSHQ executive director; City Councilmembers Leroy Comrie and Peter Vallone Jr, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Dr. Craig Youner Radiology Dept. Director, Peter Vallone Sr., former City Council Speaker; Dr. Jay Tartell and Councilmember James Gennaro. Photos Tony Barsamian (L. to r.): John Gupta, MSHQ chief operating officer; Caryn Schwab, MSHQ executive director; City Councilmembers Leroy Comrie and Peter Vallone Jr, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Dr. Craig Youner Radiology Dept. Director, Peter Vallone Sr., former City Council Speaker; Dr. Jay Tartell and Councilmember James Gennaro. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmembers Peter Vallone Jr., James Gennaro, and Leroy Comrie Jr.; former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., community leaders and staff members joined Mount Sinai Queens CEO Caryn Schwab for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the hospital's new MRI.

"I have been so looking forward to this day because it is essential that community hospitals, especially one like Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens-which serves a geographically isolated population in terms of healthcare access-have the technology and equipment to provide medical care that embraces best practices," Schwab said.

Schwab thanked Quinn, Vallone and the other members of the Queens delegation for their continued support of access to high quality health care throughout the city, and especially in Western Queens, noting that without their commitment, Mount Sinai Queens would not have been able to open the MRI nor complete many of the major improvements the hospital has carried out, including the renovated and expanded Emergency Department.

Dr. Craig Youner and Dr. Jay Tartell observing the computer images from the new equipment. Dr. Craig Youner and Dr. Jay Tartell observing the computer images from the new equipment. According to Vallone who introduced Quinn to the gathering, the new Imaging Center "will provide much needed medical services to Western Queens, parts of which have been declared medically underserved by the federal government."

Vallone and the Queens delegation worked with Quinn to secure more than $2 million for the MRI facility and other improvements. The Queens delegation has also pledged support for a cardiac catheterization laboratory, another sorely needed medical service.

Vallone joined Quinn and hospital officials in front of the new MRI suite to celebrate its opening and provide more information about the $4 million project.

What does the new MRI mean to the average person in Queens?

The new Siemens 1.5 Tesla MRI provides significantly improved diagnostic capabilities for hospital inpatients and emergency patients. The high speed and high-resolution diagnostic images, combined with a patient-friendly environment, optimize care for the hospital's patients. Improved diagnostic capabilities now include imaging for brain, spine, and musculoskeletal problems.

The Radiology Department at Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens is proud to introduce this new machine, which has capabilities typically found at the finest academic medical centers. Former Radiology Department Director Dr. Paul Tartell, current Director Dr. Craig Youner and Associate Director Dr. Jay Tartell have provided services at the hospital since 1974. "The new MRI reflects our hospital's strong commitment to provide the highest level of care for the patients of Western Queens. We are very proud to continue this tradition into the new century," Youner said.

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