The Mount Sinai Heath System is undertaking a sweeping transformation of Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI), by investing over $500 million to create the new Mount Sinai Downtown network, an expanded and unified network of state-of-the-art facilities stretching from the East River to the Hudson River below 34th Street.
The investment will replace much of the nearly 100-year-old, aging and outmoded MSBI infrastructure. It will also create a revolutionary network of greatly expanded primary, specialty, urgent, behavioral and outpatient surgery services that seeks to address the healthcare needs of today and the future. Our goal is keeping people healthy and out of the hospital and bringing services to our patients where they live and work.
Mount Sinai Downtown will include:
These facilities will be conveniently located throughout the community to better serve each patient in the most appropriate setting, whether in a traditional hospital bed or even in the patient’s home. The goal of the transformation toward a new model of care will put the focus on keeping entire communities healthy and out of the hospital.
Beth Israel is open and will continue to welcome patients for services throughout this transformation, which is expected to take about four years. Some services will be relocated within the Mount Sinai Downtown network, except for the most complex cases and delivery of babies, which will be cared for in other hospitals in the Mount Sinai Health System.
The brand new inpatient Mount Sinai Downtown Beth Israel Hospital and new state-of-the-art Emergency Department. Central to the Downtown transformation is a new inpatient hospital with operating and procedure rooms, lab services and imaging equipment and will be able to handle general surgeries such as gall bladder, hernia and appendectomies. A new full-service Emergency Department & pediatric ED that will be able to handle all of the same emergencies that the current ED handles. Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s current ED will remain open until the new ED is constructed.
The new Mount Sinai Downtown network will include enough beds to meet the community needs. Currently, Mount Sinai Beth Israel is licensed for 799 beds, but on average, has about 450 occupied beds in use on a daily basis. Approximately 150 are behavioral health beds located primarily at MSBI's Bernstein Pavilion plus 300 beds at MSBI inpatient hospital, both of which are located at the current 16th Street site. The future Mount Sinai Downtown will have 220 beds: 150 behavioral health beds at MSBI's Bernstein Pavilion; plus 70 beds at the new hospital on 14th Street. The number of beds in the new hospital may be increased in the event that the community healthcare needs require additional capacity.
Mount Sinai Downtown–Union Square (formerly the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center). We are expanding and upgrading Mount Sinai Downtown–Union Square. In addition to the existing services, it will become a more specialized care facility with a new Urgent Care Center. At 275,000 square feet, Mount Sinai Downtown–Union Square will be New York’s largest freestanding care center.
Renovations—such as creating state-of-the-art procedure rooms and upgrading technology for top 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, and expanded and enhanced ambulatory procedural capabilities.
By 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.
Mount Sinai Downtown–Chelsea Center (formerly Mount Sinai Cancer Center West). At Mount Sinai Downtown–Chelsea Center we will be opening a Women’s Cancer Center facility with integrated breast cancer and gynecology oncology services, upgraded technology and expanded mammography services.
Comprehensive Behavioral Health Institute. MSBI also plans to create a unique Comprehensive Behavioral Health Institute to serve patients, families and the community of downtown Manhattan. The flagship building of the Institute will be the Bernstein Pavilion on 16th Street, which will provide enhanced behavioral health services as part of a continuum of integrated inpatient, emergency, intensive outpatient, and ambulatory services, including primary care service.
Integrated Physician Practice Network. Finally, additional Mount Sinai physician practice locations throughout downtown will serve as an entry point into the larger health system of coordinated and integrated care. In all, more than 16 physician practice locations with over 600 physicians serving one million visits per year will be part of Mount Sinai Downtown’s network.
Mount Sinai will continue to engage elected officials and community leaders with the goal of working closely with the community to share our plans and discuss implementation to guarantee a smooth transition for patients and staff. For additional updates and information, please visit this site.
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