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Op-ed: The hospital of tomorrow in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


The new building addition to Mount Sinai Queens, the Queens campus of The Mount Sinai Hospital, now rising in Astoria, is more than just an expansion of a community hospital. The construction project is actually part of a nationwide shift toward a new model of health care delivery: the hospital of tomorrow.

The hospital of tomorrow will be measured neither by the number of new beds, nor even by the four walls of its physical plant. These are traditional, outdated metrics commonly used to describe the hospital of today, a stand-alone facility where services are provided mostly at the hospital itself. The hospital of tomorrow extends out into the community with a full network of physicians and medical offices providing comprehensive care beyond its primary facility, as part of a large, integrated health system, designed to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital and its emergency department.

Toward that goal, Mount Sinai Queens’ new building will house a fully integrated medical practice with new primary care physicians in internal medicine, OB-GYN and pediatrics, as well as specialists in cardiology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology. It will also include new operating rooms and surgeons, which means patients will no longer need to leave their community for all but the most complex surgery. A new and expanded emergency department will provide privacy and dignity for those who need it — all part of New York City’s largest private health system.

This network of doctors affiliated with the hospital of tomorrow is dedicated to maintaining the health of community members, preventing illness and managing diseases through population health management. This is a proactive approach to health care in which the hospital network handles the full medical needs of a community, such as members of a health insurance plan or Medicaid beneficiaries, through cost-effective care. In contrast, the hospital of today is a reactive institution that treats diseases and provides urgent care. This is a high-cost model, nowhere more apparent than in the emergency department, which is vastly overused, particularly by individuals who do not regularly visit physicians and instead rely upon the hospital as a substitute for primary care. Adding to costs is the hospital of today’s fee-for-service model, which incentivizes doctors to over-test and over-utilize expensive medical resources, such as advanced imaging services that may be duplicative or even unnecessary. The hospital of tomorrow is structured to recognize and address these deficiencies in today’s health system.

Where the hospital of tomorrow does increase spending is on improved coordination among practitioners through the use of fully integrated electronic medical records. This allows all doctors affiliated with the health system — from the internal medicine physician at an ambulatory care facility in Long Island City to the brain surgeon at The Mount Sinai Hospital on the Upper East Side — to easily access the exact same patient information and history, facilitating well-orchestrated care. This ends the hospital of today’s disjointed system of isolated medical silos in which primary care physicians, specialists and hospital staff may treat the same patient, but fail to communicate, creating the risk that they are uninformed of each other’s diagnosis, treatment, or even a patient’s prescription history.

The hospital of tomorrow puts in place systems and processes designed to eliminate such confusion, inefficiencies, inappropriate incentives and other causes for less effective health care. As a result, Mount Sinai Queens will encompass a well-coordinated network of health providers, committed to compassionate, proactive care that will always care for inpatients, but strives to keep patients well and out of the hospital, a good outcome for our communities’ medical and fiscal health.

Dr. Davis is CEO and president of the Mount Sinai Health System.




Mount Sinai Queens ‘tops off’ steel construction phase of $125M expansion

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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Mount Sinai Queens is one step closer to becoming the hospital of the future.

The Astoria hospital’s $125 million expansion and modernization project reached the completion of the steel construction phase on Thursday as a structural steel beam – signed by hospital, community and elected officials – was lifted into place, topping off the building’s frame.


“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 The Mount Sinai Hospital. “We are seeing the gold standard rise here before our eyes, and it is fantastic to see.”

The expansion, which broke ground last year and is expected to be completed in 2016, will feature a new, five-story building, an enlarged Emergency Department, new operating suites and multispecialty outpatient care.


New windows will be installed in the existing building and central air conditioning will be provided to all patient rooms.

“It is fitting that today we are creating a new chapter in Mount Sinai’s history right here in Queens,” said Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, CEO and president of the Mount Sinai Health System. “This area – where the hospital stands today – has been a healing ground and has provided healthcare services to the community for over 120 years.”

The entrance area to the Ambulatory Care Pavilion will be named after George S. Kaufman and Kaufman Astoria Studios, who made a major donation to the hospital.

“Kaufman Astoria Studios has long been a community neighbor since 1980,” said Kaufman, chairman of Kaufman Organization and Kaufman Astoria Studios. “When you are a member of a community you help your neighbors.”



Astoria resident victim of alleged livery cab hit-and-run

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Photos by Rich Feloni

Even playing it safe couldn’t keep Rich Feloni from becoming another hit-and-run victim.

Feloni was walking down Ditmars Boulevard toward the Q69 bus stop on his way to work Tuesday at about 8:50 a.m. when he was allegedly struck by a black livery cab on the corner of 45th Street.

The Astoria resident said that although he had the right of way, he still leaned forward to check on any incoming traffic. The cab, which Feloni believes was speeding and driving close to the parked cars on the street, then struck him as he was looking to the right and threw him off his feet.

“Even if I had the right of way I still leaned forward as precautionary measure. Next thing I know I’m getting whipped to my left and I see this car just making contact with me,” Feloni said. “It was just very reckless driving. This guy was going much faster than any car is driving in the morning.”

While on the floor, Feloni said the traffic light remained red and he noticed the cab slowed down. However, once he stood up, with help from nearby concerned pedestrians, the cab allegedly sped away from the scene.

A man who helped Feloni to his feet was able to jot down four numbers of the driver’s license plate and shared it with police.

Feloni was then taken to Mount Sinai Queens with a fractured ankle and abrasions on his face.

“I tried to be more precautionary, with all these crazy stories you hear,” Feloni said. “I’m glad I even paused.”

Police information was pending as of Wednesday afternoon.

Although The Courier cannot confirm that the cab driver was speeding when Feloni was allegedly struck, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) announced it is currently exploring anti-speeding technology as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero’s goal of zero traffic fatalities.

The TLC is looking at speed governors, also known as mandatory or intervention systems, and other advisory systems that alert drivers when they are going over the speed limit, driving while fatigued or driving recklessly.

A Vision Zero Town Hall meeting has also been scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, in Long Island City at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave.



Vehicle goes into East River blocks from deadly Astoria accident

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Updated 4:15 p.m.

A car crashed into the East River just blocks away from a fatal accident where four people lost their lives Friday night, police said.

The vehicle was traveling on 20th Avenue and Shore Boulevard in Astoria about 4 a.m. Saturday when it went through a fence and entered the water, according to the NYPD.

When cops arrived, the vehicle’s four passengers were out of the river and told police  that the driver fled the scene. They were then taken to Mount Sinai Queens where they were treated and released, officials said.



Mount Sinai Queens breaks ground on $125 million expansion project

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Mount Sinai Queens is becoming the “hospital of tomorrow” as it breaks ground on its $125 million expansion project.

Hospital officials, community members and elected officials gathered on Monday, October 21 to break ground on the project that will help improve health care in the Astoria community.

“Today’s groundbreaking signifies more than just a new building for our hospital,” said Caryn A. Schwab, executive director at Mount Sinai Queens. “I’m grateful to Mount Sinai leadership, our elected officials, and the community partners with whom we worked most closely to make this project a reality.”

The expansion, which began in August, will include a larger state- of-the-art emergency department to be name the Starvos Niarchos Foundation. It will feature 35 patient bays, eight observation beds, an off street “drive-through” ambulance bay, a separate walk-in entrance and a new imaging suite.

The project will also bring seven new operating rooms and an expansion of the hospital’s outpatient medical services featuring a multispecialty medical practice, new primary care physicians, new specialists in cardiology, orthopedics and other departments, and integrated laboratory services.

“We’re going to be building the hospital of tomorrow,” said Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System. “In just a few more years, this part of Queens will be home to a state-of-the-art health care institution that will further enhance the quality of care and improve patient outcomes.”

Rendering Courtesy Mount Sinai Queens

New windows will be installed in the existing building and central air conditioning will be provided to all patient rooms.

“The people of Western Queens are fortunate to have a hospital that is adapting the changes taking place in medicine today, and that will soon be offering a new level of 21st century care as we create this spectacular new building,” said David L. Reich, president and COO of The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Once it is completed, it is estimated that the expansion will create close to 460 construction-related jobs, 340 additional jobs and 160 staff jobs, it will also add approximately $166 million to the local economy, officials said.

“As other hospitals are closing and being cutback, this one is growing and being added to,” said Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., who has provided funding for the hospital through the City Council throughout the years. “Medicine keeps progressing and we have to stay up with that and that’s what this is about, staying up with the new needs of this growing community.”

The expansion project is expected to be completed by 2016. NK Architects and Davis Brody Bond were the architects. Skanska USA is the builder on the project. 


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Mount Sinai celebrates 13 years

| sarahyu@queenscourier.com

Doctors, staff and friends of Mount Sinai Queens recently celebrated the 13 years that the hospital has served those who live in the western Queens area.

The anniversary included presentations of awards to staff and doctors for their outstanding job performance as they reflected on the accomplishments of the previous year.

“Employee of the Year” went to Deborah Guthrie-Aarons; Cristina Bayne was named “Freshman of the Year”; Perceverada Marmol was awarded for Service Excellence; Chester Ostrowski was given “Manager of Year”; “Team of the Year” went to Rehabilitation Medicine; and Roxanna Jimenez was awarded Physician of the Year.

Caryn A. Schwab, Mount Sinai Queens’ executive director, spoke about a bright future for the hospital — and the community — and recognized the commitment and hard work of the doctors and staff members.

Mount Sinai Queens, located at 2510 30th Avenue in Astoria, is a 235-bed facility with nearly 500 attending physicians and more than 300 registered nurses. It is the only hospital in Queens designated as a Primary Stroke Center by both New York State and the Joint Commission.

Taminent Club celebrates 80 years

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THE COURIER/Photos by Mike DiBartolomeo

Members of the Taminent Democratic Club, a political organization that supports local government, gathered at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria on November 5 for their 80thannual dinner dance. Several members of the Taminent Democratic Club received awards, including Linda Perno for “Woman of the Year” and Jeffery Sandhaus M.D. for “Man of the Year.” Dolores DeCrescenzo and Patrick Dolan won the Gloria D’Amico and the Ralph DeMarco Awards, respectively.

Perno is a member of the Astoria Kiwanis and serves on the Board of Directors for the Astoria Civic Association. Sandhaus is the Chief of Urology at Mount Sinai Queens. DeCrescenzo last served as the Deputy City Clerk of Bronx County, and Dolan is the President of the Steamfitters Local Union 638.

Also in attendance were local government officials such as District Attorney Richard A. Brown, City Comptroller John Liu and State Senator Michael Gianaris.

Taminent District Leader and former State Senator George Onorato spoke briefly. Afterwards, a surprise cake was revealed in honor of his birthday.