Mount Sinai Medical Center plans two major fall openings
A new surgical tower and emergency department at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach are on track to be completed by the end of November.
Construction on a free-standing emergency department in Hialeah, also owned by Mount Sinai, is expected to be completed by the end of October, a delay by several months from the original expected opening period of this summer.
Except for a 750-space garage at the Miami Beach location, completed in 2016, none of the planned upgrades in an expansion project that began in late 2016 on a $275 million plan – up from the $205 million initially proposed in 2014 – is yet in use.
According to Chief Executive Officer Steven Sonenreich, both the Miami Beach and Hialeah projects will be able to withstand any threats during the hurricane season and have not exceeded budget expectations.
“The planning of these facilities began during the hurricanes in 2004 and 2005. Recognizing the threat of those storms was the first impetus for construction of both of the facilities,” Mr. Sonenreich said. “We’re very proud of what’s been accomplished over a number of years for a safe environment for our patients, visitors and employees.”
The emergency department in Hialeah, located at 6050 W 20th Ave. on a four-acre lot, will have 63,000 square feet. It will be able to serve about 30,000 annual patient visits and is projected to hire 100 employees and 15 physicians.
The addition to the Miami Beach campus includes 12 operating rooms and 155 private rooms in the surgical tower. The updated emergency department will have 50 more treatment rooms to serve patients.
This will be a welcome expansion since the current emergency department, opened in 1972, was built to accommodate 25,000 visits per year but has actually been handling more than 50,000 visits annually. The number of surgeries performed at the facility will double from 13,000 per year to about 26,000.
Mount Sinai Medical Center wants to expand further on its existing locations and also construct new facilities in the coming years to accommodate an increase in patient loads, Mr. Sonenreich said. No concrete plans for those expansions are being released yet.