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Mount Sinai Hospital opening six newly built floors

Part of the Hospital’s multi-year capital redevelopment project
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(May 15, 2012) Toronto – Mount Sinai Hospital, Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex will mark an historic occasion this week with the opening of six newly built floors on the Murray Street side of the Hospital. The new floors are part of the Hospital's multi-year capital redevelopment project, supported by the Province of Ontario and will help Mount Sinai to continue to deliver excellence in patient and family-centered care.

The new floors will primarily house programs from the Frances Bloomberg Centre for Women's and Infants' Health, the hospital's largest Centre of Excellence with almost 7,000 deliveries every year. Mount Sinai has the largest academic obstetrical, gynaecological and neonatal program in Canada. The first patients in the new floors will be in the David & Stacey Cynamon Mother and Baby Unit, located on two of the six floors, where mothers and babies stay following labour and delivery.

The opening of the new floors mark the first milestone in Mount Sinai's multi-year capital redevelopment project, which will eventually see the entire footprint of the hospital re-imagined. The six floors were built on top of the existing building and have added close to 130,000 square feet to the hospital. The design model was developed in consultation with patients and their families, clinical experts and the award-winning design and architectural teams of HDR Architects and BBB Architects.

New models of patient and family-centered care have been integrated into the new space that will contribute to an exceptional patient environment. Decentralized care stations allow clinicians to be closer to their patients at all times and rooms wrap around the perimeter of the building to take advantage of the healing qualities of natural light. The soothing design of patient rooms mimics a home-like environment and helps new parents learn to care for their newborns in a more comfortable environment.

Within the next two years, the Women's and Infants' program will be expanded with an enhanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that houses private and larger rooms, five new operating rooms and Labour and Delivery rooms that are bigger and better equipped to deliver babies of high-risk mothers.

In September 2011 the Ontario government announced further funding for the next phase of Mount Sinai Hospital's multi-year capital redevelopment project which will include upgrades to the emergency department, surgical suites and critical care units.

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"Mount Sinai is entering an historic new era," says Joseph Mapa, President and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital. "We are reimaging the footprint of the entire hospital to further strengthen our commitment to delivering excellence in patient and family-centered care and clinical outcomes."Joseph Mapa, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Hospital.

About Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital began as a 33-bed maternity and convalescent home on Yorkville Avenue in 1923. In 1953 the Hospital moved to 550 University Avenue and in 1973, it moved into the current hospital at 600 University Avenue in what is called the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex. Mount Sinai is now an internationally recognized 472-bed academic health science centre affiliated with the University of Toronto. It is known for delivering excellence in patient and family-centered care, innovative education, and leading-edge research. Mount Sinai's commitment to The Best Medicine is delivered through our Centres of Excellence: Centre for Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Centre for Musculoskeletal Disease; Christopher Sharp Centre for Surgical Oncology; Daryl A. Katz Centre for Urgent & Critical Care; Frances Bloomberg Centre for Women's & Infants' Health and the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute. For more information about Mount Sinai Hospital, please visit www.mountsinai.ca or follow us on Twitter @MountSinai.

Please note: there will be a photo-op on Thursday May 17th at 11:00 a.m. on the new floors. A detailed media advisory will follow.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Leslie O'Leary
Senior Specialist, Media Relations and Public Affair
Mount Sinai Hospital
t: 416-586-4800 ext. 8306
c: 416-357-2873
e: lo'leary2@mtsinai.on.ca

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