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First phase of $500M Mount Sinai Beth Israel renovations launched

Mount Sinai Health System announced the start of the first phase of its more than $500 million project to rebuild Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) and create the new “Mount Sinai Downtown” network.

Photo by violette79/ Flickr
Photo by violette79/ Flickr

The new network will consist of expanded and renovated outpatient facilities at three major sites with more than 35 operating and procedure rooms and an extensive network of 16 physician practice locations with more than 600 doctors, stretching from the East River to the Hudson River below 34th Street. Mount Sinai Downtown will be anchored by a new MSBI inpatient hospital with operating and procedure rooms, and a brand-new state-of-the-art Emergency Department, located two blocks from the current MSBI.

The transformation will also include a major investment to support and strengthen behavioral health services, anchored at MSBI’s Bernstein Pavilion. Additionally, the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai will be preserved and enhanced. MSBI hospital will remain open throughout this transformation, and its emergency room will remain open until the new ED is fully operational at the new hospital.

“Our more than $500 million investment marks an exciting time, not only for Mount Sinai’s employees and patients, but also the entire Downtown community, as we truly transform how patients access and receive the health care services they need,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, CEO and President of the Mount Sinai Health System.

Upgrades to Mount Sinai Downtown Union Square (formerly Phillips Ambulatory Care Center)

One of the first steps in the transformation will be upgrading Mount Sinai Downtown Union Square (formerly the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center) into a more specialized care facility, with expanded and enhanced ambulatory procedural capabilities and a new urgent care center. While construction is currently underway to accommodate some of these expanded capabilities, the facility’s brand-new lobby will be completed in the coming weeks. Renderings are available for the press and public.

The lobby renovation will not only enhance patient access and provide new ways to access the upper level, but will also include concierge services to help patients find their way.

Additional renovations—such as creating state-of-the-art procedure rooms and upgrading technology for exceptional fully integrated electronic health records systems—will allow Mount Sinai to provide a number of new, specialized services at Union Square, including endoscopy, disease management programs, and a Respiratory Institute.

Finally, in mid-2017, Union Square’s second floor will be home to a new, comprehensive urgent care center, including pediatric care, with weekend and evening hours. This expanded access will provide community members the care they need at more convenient times, close to home and next to one of the City’s largest and most accessible public transportation hubs.

At Mount Sinai Downtown Chelsea Center (formerly Cancer Center West), Mount Sinai will be opening a brand new Women’s Cancer Center facility with integrated breast cancer and gynecology oncology services, upgraded technology and expanded mammography services. Construction at the Mount Sinai Downtown Chelsea Center is almost complete and renderings are available for the press and public.

Mount Sinai has retained renowned architectural firm Perkins Eastman, which will oversee design work and construction of Mount Sinai’s brand-new hospital. Pending approvals, demolition at the new site is expected to begin early 2017 with construction beginning early 2018. Construction of the new hospital is expected to be complete by late 2020. Initial renderings are available to the press and public, while the finalized renderings and designs are still being completed.

Beth Israel Hospital President Susan Somerville has decided to leave her position. “For over fifteen years, my husband and I have had a home on the East End of Long Island. My husband has retired and I will be joining him in order to pursue new opportunities out East,” said Somerville. She will remain in her role at the Hospital until senior management identifies a successor who can serve as President of Beth Israel and lead the Mount Sinai Downtown transformation.

“Susan has provided amazing leadership during several challenging years as President of Beth Israel, and I truly cannot say enough good things about the job she’s done. We are incredibly lucky to have had her as part of our team and very sad to see her go, but we understand her desire to make this transition and wish her all the best,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, CEO and President of the Mount Sinai Health System.

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