Here's a look at the 'downtown transformation' Mount Sinai is seeking approval for

Mount Sinai requested approval for its new Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital (MSBI) and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai that are part of a larger $1 billion revamp.

Hospital officials also filed for what is called a certificate of need, or CON, from state regulators for plans for a $140 million Mount Sinai Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center that officials have described as a “one-stop” location for psychiatric, addiction, physical health and social service needs.

 A view of the planned New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (Mount Sinai)

“Today marks an important step forward in Mount Sinai’s $1 billion commitment to rebuild, renew and revitalize health care for the downtown community," said Jeremy Boal, M.D., president of Mount Sinai Downtown and the executive vice president and chief clinical officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, in a statement. "From the new Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital and enhanced New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, to an expanded and enhanced ambulatory network and a new Mount Sinai Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center, we are transforming how health care services are delivered to New Yorkers.”

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Demolition for the planned site of the new Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital was completed earlier this year, and, pending approvals, Mount Sinai officials said they expect to break ground in early 2020. In the meantime, the current MSBI hospital and emergency department will remain fully open and accessible until the opening of the new hospital, they said.

The project is expected to be completed in 2023.

A rendering of the planned Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital (Mount Sinai)

Officials said the new hospital will feature all private inpatient beds, cutting edge cardiac and neurological interventional services, an operative platform and a new emergency department. It will be integrated with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and will include a 24/7 eye trauma emergency department and access to imaging, pharmacy and laboratory services.

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The project comes on the heels of other services added in recent months. Last month, the health system opened the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Union Square, specializing in geriatric medicine and healthy aging.

A rendering of the exterior of the planned emergency department at the future Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital (Mount Sinai)

It is part of a growing downtown system that also includes the Mount Sinai Urgent Care at Union Square, the Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute at Union Square, Mount Sinai Heart at Union Square, the Mount Sinai Thyroid Center and the Women’s Cancer Center at The Blavatnik Family – Chelsea Medical Center.

The health system has also made a number of investments in tech in recent months.

Last month, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai announced plans to open an approximately $100 million research center focused on artificial intelligence and precision medicine in Manhattan in late 2021. It also announced a partnership with the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany to launch a new $15 million digital health center based at Mount Sinai with the aim of accelerating the use of AI and other emerging technologies in clinical care in March.