June 10, 2016 Staff Report
Mount Sinai Queens cut the ribbon on its new, 20,000-square-foot emergency department this week.
The new Emergency Department, located on Crescent Street and 30th Road, is nearly five times the size of the previous one. The expansion is intended to help Mount Sinai better treat the 50,000 patients already visiting each year, Mount Sinai Queens executive director Caryn Schwab told Community Board 1 earlier this year.
The Mount Sinai Queens Emergency Department treated more than 51,000 patients in 2015, according to the hospital.
The facility boasts a number of upgrades including a glass-enclosed, expansive entrance and waiting area, wi-fi service, individual televisions at all bedsides and a separate covered ambulance entrance.
There is also a separate pediatric emergency area with a waiting room, a cardiac and critical care resuscitation room and bariatric- and dialysis-capable rooms.
“We are excited and honored to begin opening this state-of-the-art building for our community and borough,” Schwab said. “We want to deliver the best care for our residents and in this building, they will get it.”
The construction of this emergency department 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, according to the hospital, 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,” the hospital said in a statement.
NK Architects and Davis Brody Bond LLP served as architects; the builder is Skanska USA.
Mount Sinai Queens has been serving the communities of western Queens and beyond since 1999, when it acquired the former Western Queens Community Hospital.