Mount Sinai, the world-renowned Manhattan-based hospital and teaching facility, has filed an application with the state to undertake a $113 million expansion of its site in Queens.
The facility, Mount Sinai Queens, is located at 25-10 30 Ave. in Long Island City, and has 235 beds. It handles 50,000 emergency cases a year, according to a recent hospital newsletter, a figure which the hospital says has grown by about 1,000 cases every year for the last several years.
The proposed expansion would focus on the emergency department and surgery, according to Ian Michaels, a Mount Sinai spokesman.
The only other hospital open to residents in the area — community districts 1 through 6 — is the 545-bed Elmhurst Hospital Center, which saw double-digit increases in its volume of patients in 2009 and 2010, according to a Chronicle story published last year.
Several Queens hospitals have closed in recent years, including Elmhurst’s St. John’s Hospital in 2009 and Forest Hill’s Parkway Hospital at the end of 2008.
Mount Sinai Queens filed a Certificate of Need with the state Department of Health at the end of December, in which it requests a four-story addition to its building. The addition would accommodate a new emergency department.
“We are seeking to modernize and expand,” Michaels said. He noted, however, that the plans are subject to change. The DOH must review and approve the Certificate of Need, a process which could take up to nine months, Michaels said, before any designs can be finalized or even conceived.
“The details of exactly what it will look like, how big it will be, are still in flux,” he added.