2018-05-02 / Front Page

Mount Sinai Queens Celebrates Grand Opening of Its New Pavilion


(L. to r.) NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer; NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas; NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides; David L. Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital; Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director Mount Sinai Queens; Mike Minikes, Trustee of Mount Sinai Health System; Hal G. Rosenbluth, President and CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios; NYS State Senator Michael Gianaris; and Tom Grech, President (L. to r.) NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer; NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas; NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides; David L. Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital; Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director Mount Sinai Queens; Mike Minikes, Trustee of Mount Sinai Health System; Hal G. Rosenbluth, President and CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios; NYS State Senator Michael Gianaris; and Tom Grech, President 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 pre-surgical testing services. Community representatives, elected officials, leaders of the Mount Sinai Health System, and special guests joined together on April 26 to mark this milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the Kaufman Astoria Studios Entrance. Kaufman Astoria Studios made a gift to Mount Sinai Queens to help fund the pavilion.


Hal G. Rosenbluth, President and CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios and Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens holding what remains of the Mount Sinai Queens Pavilion Grand Opening banner. Hal G. Rosenbluth, President and CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios and Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens holding what remains of the Mount Sinai Queens Pavilion Grand Opening banner. The addition of the 140,000-square-foot, $180 million 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 Schwab and David L. Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital. Honored guests and speakers included NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, NYC Council Members Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer, and Hal G. Rosenbluth, President and CEO, Kaufman Astoria Studios.

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 Emergency Department, 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, multi-specialty 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.

For more information, visit: www.mountsinai.org/queens, or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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