A hefty $700,000 donation from Kaufman Astoria Studios chair George Kaufman allowed the hospital to break ground for the new 130,000-square-foot addition.
“When you are a member of a community you help your neighbors,” Kaufman said. “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.”
Community leaders, hospital executives and developers signed the final beam of the new building last week before it was lifted to its final resting place at the top of the six-story building.
Mount Sinai Queens executive director Caryn Schwab thanked Kaufman for his donation, and announced that the entrance of the ambulatory care pavilion at the new facility would be named for Kaufman Astoria Studios in his honor.
“Kaufman Astoria Studios has long played an integral part in the creative and economic vibrancy of our city,” Schwab said. “Mr. Kaufman’s generous gift helps ensure that Mount Sinai Queens can continue to play a major role in improving the health and quality of life for the residents of Queens.”
The new addition includes a 36-bay Emergency Department with eight observation beds and a drive-through ambulance bay in order to keep cars off the street.
There will also be seven new operating rooms, expanded outpatient medical services, a new primary care physician and internal medicine center, and specialists in a number of medical fields.
“Mount Sinai Queens is transforming and leading health care in the 21st Century, and our new building represents the model hospital for the future of medicine,” said Dr. David Reich, president and COO of Mount Sinai Hospital. “We are seeing the gold standard rise here before our eyes, and it is fantastic.”