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Aug 22, 2014

Mt. Sinai Queens Hospital Topped Off This Week

Yesterday Mt. Sinai Queens had their “topping off” ceremony—that’s when a building project’s steel construction phase is finished and they “top it off” with a final piece. In this case, it (…)

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Yesterday Mt. Sinai Queens had their “topping off” ceremony—that’s when a building project’s steel construction phase is finished and they “top it off” with a final piece. In this case, it was a structural steel beam hoisted into place and secured atop the building’s frame; but before that, attendees signed it. This is a $125 million project for the hospital, so this ceremony was a big deal about a major milestone in the construction process.

Also a big deal is the naming gift that was revealed at the ceremony—George S. Kaufman, Chairman of the nearby Kaufman Astoria Studios, made a major donation to the hospital. The entrance area to the Ambulatory Care Pavilion will be named after him (rendering is at the top of this post), and it will welcome visitors and their families to the Pavilion itself, which will boast high ceilings and plenty of natural light from a glass-paneled façade. They expect this will be completed in 2016. The amount of the gift was not revealed in the press release we received.

George Kaufman said about the hospital expansion, “We are thrilled to support Mount Sinai and look forward to helping provide better health care for the people of Western Queens and throughout the borough.”

The new addition to the hospital that comprises the majority of this capital project is a new 5-story building with an option to create a 6th floor if needed. There will be an enlarged Emergency Department, new operating suites, and multispecialty outpatient care, as well as advanced imaging and laboratory services.

Here are more details regarding what Mt. Sinai Queens is in store for as far as patient care:

  • An expanded, state-of-the-art Emergency Department with 36 patient bays, eight observation beds, and a “drive-through” ambulance bay that will reduce the presence of ambulances outside the hospital, a separate walk-in entrance, and a new imaging suite.
  • Seven new operating rooms with the latest technology—for a total of ten OR suites—together with holding, recovery, and waiting rooms.
  • Expanded outpatient medical services, including an integrated, multispecialty medical practice.
  • New primary care physicians in internal medicine, family medicine, Ob/Gyn, and pediatrics.
  • New specialists in cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, pulmonary, orthopaedics, thoracic and vascular surgery.
  • A full imaging suite, including MRI, CT , bone density, mammography, X-ray and ultrasound.
  • Integrated laboratory services, allowing physicians to view blood test results before seeing patients, and eliminating unnecessary return visits.

Congratulations on the progress and major gift, Mt. Sinai Queens!

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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