By Sabina Mollot
As part of the $500 million Beth Israel rebuild effort, including the creation of a “Mount Sinai Downtown” network, the hospital system announced that it will be opening a practice in Stuyvesant Town.
The practice, to be located at 516-518 East 20th Street, will offer primary care and specialty services. Construction is expected to be completed on the space by the fall and it is expected to open in the fall. Currently the 4,000 square foot space is vacant with its windows papered up. Formerly it was home to Berkely Sutton Cleaners, which moved elsewhere in Stuy Town, and a key control room for the complex.
According to a press release, this center will “help achieve Mount Sinai’s goal of transforming and embracing a new model of care that focuses on serving patients in the most appropriate setting.”
Mount Sinai’s planned downsizing of Beth Israel involves transitioning to a mostly outpatient model.
The practice will also offer pediatric services, and as for the specialty care services, they are to be determined “in consultation with Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, surrounding communities and interest groups,” the hospital said, and “will also be offered on a rotating basis.”
What this means, a spokesperson for Mount Sinai explained, is that four to six specialists will be available certain days of the week, depending on patient demand. This will be in addition to two or three primary care doctors (including for internal medicine, pediatrics) and there will be 10 exam rooms.
The practice will have extended weekday and weekend hours, and will accept walk-ins as well as scheduled appointments.
“Serving the Downtown community has always been, and will always remain, a top priority for Mount Sinai,” said Jeremy Boal, MD, president of the Mount Sinai Downtown Network.
Boal, who’s also a resident of Peter Cooper Village, added, “We are pleased to be opening the new Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village practice, increasing convenience and accessibility for patients close to home. As this project progresses, we will work with elected officials and community members to ensure we will provide the most needed primary and specialty care services.”
Rick Hayduk, CEO of StuyTown Property Services, also cheered the news.
“We are pleased to welcome this incredible quality of life improvement to those who live and work in our community,” he said.
The Mount Sinai Downtown Network consists of expanded and renovated outpatient facilities at three major sites as well as 16 physician practice locations with more than 600 doctors. Beth Israel’s Union Square East facility, formerly known as the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center and now known as Mount Sinai Downtown Union Square, is part of this network and was recently upgraded. Mount Sinai Downtown stretches from the East River to the Hudson River below 34th Street.
The First Avenue Beth Israel hospital building across from Stuyvesant Town will be sold once the new Beth Israel opens on East 14th Street adjacent to the Mount Sinai Eye and Ear Infirmary. It will have 70 beds with another 150 remaining at Beth Israel’s existing behavioral health building on First Avenue, Bernstein Pavilion. Currently the hospital has over 800 beds but most of those go unused on any given day, hospital brass has said.