Jan. 14, 2016 By Michael Florio
A major expansion of Mount Sinai Queens is almost ready to open.
Mount Sinai Queens, located at 25-10 30th Ave., will begin to open its new building – an expansion of the existing hospital – in February, starting with the emergency department.
The new building is made up of six floors, five of which will open in 2016, according to Executive Director Caryn Schwab.
The new 20,000 square foot emergency department, which is five times the size of the original one, is set to open in February, Schwab said at last night’s Community Board 1 meeting. It will be the first department of the new building to open.
Schwab said the new space would be greatly utilized as the current facility treats 50,000 patients per year in the emergency department.
“That is almost unheard of in such a small facility,” Schwab told the Board.
While the hospital is working to meet this February deadline, Schwab said a lot will come down to outside agencies as they obtain the proper permits.
The expanded emergency department will be made up of 34 private rooms as well as patient bays, Schwab said.
“We will be able to give everyone a lot more space and privacy,” she said.
There will be CAT scan and X-ray machines on the premises.
The second floor of the building will be the outpatient imaging center, which will be able to offer ultrasounds, mammography, MRIs and more. This is expected to open in March, Schwab said.
The third floor will be made up of six new operating rooms, which is expected to open in April.
“They will be state of the art and capable of holding any procedure,” Schwab said. However, no cardiac surgeries will take place in the facility.
The forth and fifth floors will be physicians’ offices, which are expected to open in May. Schwab said there will be roughly 40 physicians in the hospital, some returning, but many will be new.
Finally, new entrances to the building will be open in September. Until then, visitors will access the expanded building via the existing entrances, although the new Emergency Department will open with its own entrance.
“After 15 years of planning, we are excited to be opening in 2016,” Schwab said.
CB 1 Chairman Joseph Risi shared that sentiment.
“It’s reassuring to know we have such a first class hospital serving our community,” he said.