Mount Sinai Celebrates the “Topping Off” of the New Center for Science and Medicine Building
Set to open in 2012, CSM will bring nearly a half-million square-feet of new, state-of-the-art medical research and clinical facilities to Mount Sinai.
The new Center for Science and Medicine (CSM) at The Mount Sinai Medical Center reached a significant construction milestone as hospital officials and construction crews celebrated the "topping off" of the building’s structural steel 12 stories over Madison Avenue between 101st and 102nd Streets.
Set to open in 2012, the new building will bring nearly a half-million square-feet of new, state-of-the-art medical research and clinical facilities to the area, designed to meet the expansion needs of Mount Sinai’s existing world-class research and clinical programs.
The landmark moment was commemorated by Peter W. May, Chairman of the Boards of Trustees; Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO, The Mount Sinai Medical Center; Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Mount Sinai Medical Center; and Wayne Keathley, President and COO, The Mount Sinai Hospital. In classic New York construction tradition, the leadership team signed a steel beam with an evergreen tree and American flag attached to it, which was then raised to the top of the structure by Bovis Lend Lease, the construction company managing the building project.
"The construction of the Center for Science and Medicine underscores Mount Sinai’s ongoing commitment to bringing critical therapies from bench to bedside," said Dr. Davis. "Mount Sinai is at the leading edge of biomedical research, and this center will provide the needed resources for our exceptional scientists and clinicians to further this ground-breaking research. I am proud to be part of the ‘topping off’ of CSM."
With six full floors of laboratory space and two floors of outpatient clinical space, CSM will house most of Mount Sinai’s cancer-related research, clinics, and advanced imaging technologies. The new space will augment existing capabilities in cancer clinical care with the addition of new infusion and exam space. Diagnostic capabilities will be enhanced with treatment delivery systems such as linear accelerators. Faculty from Friedman Brain Institute , The Tisch Cancer Institute, and Cardiovascular Research Institute doing translational research will be located in this building.
The main Translational Molecular Imaging Institute will be situated in CSM, providing the most advanced imaging facilities and taking Mount Sinai to the next level in research and patient care.
"Mount Sinai is a magnet for researchers making critical contributions in every part of the scientific spectrum," said Dr. Charney. "The building of the Center for Science and Medicine will invigorate basic, translational, and clinical research and help support the bold thinking and disciplined science that can fundamentally change the face of medicine."
Mount Sinai School of Medicine ranks 18th among the nation’s medical schools in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and grant funding has doubled over the last six years. "For more than 150 years, Mount Sinai physicians have advanced science and accelerated the pace at which research breakthroughs have been developed into novel therapies that benefit patients," said Mr. May. "The building of the Center for Science and Medicine is a testament to this passion for innovation and provides Mount Sinai’s team of world-renowned physician-scientists with new opportunity to help shape the future of medicine."
In addition to the research benefits of CSM, the construction and operation of the center will provide concrete economic benefits to the community. An average of 1260 full-time equivalent new construction jobs for each of the three years of construction, and more than 650 permanent jobs will be created as a result of the project. Mount Sinai is currently the leading employer in East Harlem.
About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital among the nation's best hospitals based on reputation, patient safety, and other patient-care factors. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 530,000 outpatient visits took place.