A new facility combining and expanding services for Mount Sinai Morningside and the Mount Sinai Hospital will open during the fall, the hospital system announced Thursday.
After years of protesting, organizing and collaborating, The Greater Harlem Coalition got Mount Sinai to not place even more drug treatment programs in this new facility, nor to send children with histories of drug use to attend school on the block behind Whole Foods.
The 89,400-square-foot Mount Sinai-Harlem Health Center will cost $78.5 million. Of the total amount, $50 million will go toward the lease and $28.5 million will go toward equipment, technology and furniture, Crain’s reported in October. Gary Spindler of Park-It Management is the landlord of the property on West 124th Street. Mount Sinai declined to disclose the lease rate per month.
The new facility will offer outpatient health care and provide services, such as cardiology and orthopedics, outpatient mental health care, HIV/AIDS care and dentistry, in addition to on-site radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services. The center will also serve as a hub for Mount Sinai’s outpatient services in Harlem and Washington Heights-Inwood.
“This is part of a bigger commitment to bringing services to a community that has lacked basic and specialty services,” said Dr. Kelly Cassano, chief executive officer of Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice and dean of clinical affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We want to bring this multispecialty center really based in primary care into the community where patients are living and working.”
The property will have two and a half floors of about 30 exam rooms and a radiology floor, Cassasno said. The location will start with typical hours, she said, but the hospital is prepared to expand them if there is an overwhelming demand for services.
“We’ll start with a modest footprint of primary care. There will be HIV and behavioral health services. Then we’ll scale based on demand,” Cassasno said, noting that cardiology may be another area ripe for expansion at the location.
Mount Sinai operates eight hospital campuses, a medical school and a network of outpatient practices.