From the Queens Chronicle:
Mt. Sinai Hospital will double its capacity and more than triple its emergency room space, if a proposed expansion comes to fruition.
Administrators at the Astoria medical center, located on 30th Avenue, hope to build a nine-story annex in the empty lot behind the existing facility. With the new tower, the hospital would have 265 beds, up from 192, more than 10,000 square feet of additional ER space, five new operating rooms and an ambulance drop-off.
Caryn Schwab, the hospital’s executive director, said the expansion is badly needed because the borough’s hospitals are stretched too thin.
Money is the sticking point. The annex is expected to cost $200 million, and Schwab said the hospital is $75 million short. Bonds and equity contributions from the main Mt. Sinai hospital in Manhattan are expected to yield $125 million for the project, but the medical center is turning to the state for additional funding. She added that federal stimulus funding can’t be deployed for hospital construction.
If the state doesn’t pony up $75 million, Schwab said the medical center will likely build a smaller annex that can be expanded later. Administrators expect to make construction decisions within the next three to six months.