The state Health Department has approved Mount Sinai Hospital’s expansion project in Long Island City.
Plans for the $115 million construction of a new five-story annex include a primary care clinic, an expanded emergency department with 36 treatment wards, eight observation beds and 10 operating rooms. The addition of primary care allows the 235-bed LIC hospital on 30th Avenue to become a more one-stop shop, according to the executive summary.
“It is the only hospital in the surrounding community and for the adjacent neighborhood of Long Island City, a medically underserved community,” Borough President Helen Marshall said.
Four Queens hospitals have closed in the last five years. Parkway Hospital closed its 251-bed facility in November 2008 and St. John’s Hospital and Mary Immaculate Hospital went bankrupt in 2009 taking with them 422 beds and a trauma center. Peninsula Hospital closed a year ago.
Mount Sinai still needs to submit land deeds and loans before it gets the final OK from State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah or an appointed delegate, according to department spokesman Peter Constantakes.
Additionally, the proposal includes community outreach to underserved communities.
Construction is planned to start in September and end in summer 2016.
Since 2008 the LIC hospital has grown by 56 physicians, according to Mount Sinai. By the third year of construction the hospital plans to add 73 positions.
From 2008 to 2011, 90 percent of the hospital’s patients lived in Queens, with about 160 individuals visiting the facility a day, keeping it at about 82 percent occupancy, according to the application filed with the Health Department.
Data also shows the hospital’s total emergency visits increased by 13.7 percent from 2007 to 2011. Of those visits about 20 percent resulted in an inpatient admission. Emergency procedures also increased by 39.6 percent and general clinic visits increased from 33,272 in 2007 to 37,930 in 2011.