Mount Sinai Health System

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Mount Sinai Health System
IndustryHealth care
Founded2013; 6 years ago (2013)
FounderMerger of Continuum Health Partners and the Mount Sinai Medical Center
United States
Area served
New York metropolitan area
Key people
Kenneth L. Davis, MD President and Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Boal, MD, Chief Medical Officer
ServicesHospital network
Number of employees

The Mount Sinai Health System is a hospital network in New York City. It was formed in September 2013 by merging the operations of Continuum Health Partners and the Mount Sinai Medical Center.[1][2]

The Health System is structured around seven hospital campuses[3] and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The seven hospitals are: Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, Mount Sinai Hospital (Manhattan), Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

The Health System includes more than 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians and 13 ambulatory surgical centers. It has ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester County, and Long Island, along with more than 30 affiliated community health centers.[4]

In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the Health System employed more than 39,000 people and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai had 33 multidisciplinary research, educational, and clinical institutes. In addition, the Health System reported 3,360 beds among its seven hospitals as well as 136,528 inpatient admissions, 500,901 Emergency Department visits, and more than 14,700 babies delivered.[4]


The Mount Sinai Health System began as a single hospital, founded in 1852 and opened in 1855 as The Jews' Hospital. In 1864, the hospital became formally nonsectarian and in 1866 changed its name to The Mount Sinai Hospital. The hospital is one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the U.S. The hospital campus is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, beside Central Park.[5]

Educational expansion[edit]

In 1881, Mount Sinai established a training school for nurses. Prior to its establishment the hospital had been served by untrained male and female attendants.[6][7] The school closed in September 1971 amid financial difficulties and a failed plan to affiliate with the City College of New York. The charter was taken up by The Mount Sinai Hospital School of Continuing Education in Nursing, founded in the fall of 1975.[8]

In 1963 The Mount Sinai Hospital chartered The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the first medical school to grow out of a non-university in more than 50 years.[6] The school opened to students in 1968 and in 2012 changed its name to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.[9] The school and the hospital together formed the Mount Sinai Health Center.

Mount Sinai Queens[edit]


In 1993, Astoria General Hospital located on 30th Avenue in Astoria, Queens, became an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital. A year later the hospital's name changed to Western Queens Community Hospital. In 1999, the hospital was purchased by Mount Sinai and had its name changed again, this time to Mount Sinai Queens, becoming the first community hospital to bear the Mount Sinai name.[7][10]

Continuum Health Partners[edit]


In January 1997, Continuum Health Partners, Inc. was formed as a partnership of the Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. The entity served as a parent corporation while the two hospital centers continued as separate business entities with their own constituent hospital campuses.[11]

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, located on Second Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan joined Continuum in 2000.[12]

With a total combined annual operating budget of $2.1 billion, Continuum hospitals delivered inpatient care through nearly 3,100 certified beds located in seven major facilities in Manhattan and Brooklyn, while providing outpatient care in private practice settings and ambulatory centers. Continuum treated patients in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Westchester County.

Contract dispute with Aetna[edit]

In April 2010, Aetna notified policyholders that it was in a contract dispute with Continuum Health Partners and that the contract would lapse as of June 5, 2010. The June 5 date passed and the contract lapsed.[13] Continuum Health Partners provided subscribers with a form to request that Aetna retain their physicians for one year or until the policy period ended.[14] On July 28, 2010, Continuum Health Partners announced a new agreement with Aetna. Within this agreement, it was noted that the effective date would be retroactive to the April 5, 2010, termination date.[15]

Continuum and Mount Sinai merger[edit]

In September 2013, Continuum announced a merger with the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Brand unification was complete in January 2014.[16]

Medicare audit and over-billing settlement[edit]

In May 2017, Mara Lee writing for Modern Healthcare reported in an article titled "Mount Sinai asked to return $41.9 million in Medicare overpayments" that issues of improper billing were being attributed to Mount Sinai by government health care officials. At the time, Mount Sinai officials admitted to partial misconduct and offered to cover limited billing claims retro-actively.[17]

HIPAA medical records settlement[edit]

In 2017, Mount Sinai West entered into settlement concerning the improper disclosure of patient medical records which was settled as the payment of a levied fine of approximately half-a-million dollars as reported in the medical journal Becker Hospital Review stating: "New York City-based St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center (Mount Sinai West) will pay $387,200 and implement a corrective action plan as part of a HIPAA settlement to resolve allegations it inappropriately handled a patient's sensitive health information."[18]


In January 2016, Mount Sinai launched their first nationwide print and television advertising campaign focused on bringing awareness of their network of hospitals, ambulatory practices, community health centers, and affiliations beyond the state of New York. Mount Sinai has worked with the advertising agency DeVito/Verdi since 2003 and the firm created the latest national campaign.[19]

Health System Components[edit]

Member Hospitals & Medical School[edit]

Hospital Affiliates[edit]

Nursing Home and Long Term Care Facility Affiliates[edit]

Additional Components[edit]

  • Mount Sinai Health Network owned physician practices
  • Mount Sinai Health Network affiliated physician practices
  • Mount Sinai Doctors faculty practice (urgent care and outpatient practices)


  1. ^ "Mount Sinai, September 30, 2013: The Mount Sinai Health System Is Formed to Provide Expanded Access to Primary, Specialty, and Ambulatory Care"
  2. ^ "NY Daily News, September 30, 2013 : Mount Sinai, Continuum complete merger to create huge nonprofit health system"
  3. ^ "Becker's Hospital Review, September 30, 2013 New York City's New Behemoth: Mount Sinai, Continuum Close Merger Deal
  4. ^ a b Mount Sinai Facts & Figures
  5. ^ Baron, JH (January 2000). "The Mount Sinai Hospital--a brief history". The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. 67 (1): 3–5. PMID 10677772.
  6. ^ a b "The History of The Mount Sinai Hospital". Mount Sinai Hospital. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "The Mount Sinai Health System, The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens: 2013–2017 Community Service Plan" (PDF). April 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Nowak, Janie Brown (1981). The forty-seven hundred: the story of The Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing. Canaan, New Hampshire: Phoenix Publishing. p. 101.
  9. ^ Icahn School of Medicine Facts & Figured
  10. ^ "History of Mount Sinai Queens". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  11. ^ "St. Luke's Roosevelt Community Health Needs Assessment" (PDF). December 17, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  12. ^ "One Outstanding Healthcare System: Serving New York's diverse communities" (PDF). Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Evans, Heidi (June 15, 2010). "Failed deal between Aetna, local hospitals leaves thousands of New Yorkers footing bill". New York Daily News.
  14. ^ "Attention: Aetna patients"
  15. ^
  16. ^ The Mount Sinai Health System Enhances Brand Unification for Its Hospitals
  17. ^ "Mount Sinai asked to return $41.9 million in Medicare overpayments," By Mara Lee, May 3, 2017. Modern Healthcare journal. [1]
  18. ^ "Mount Sinai St. Luke's agrees to $387k HIPAA settlement after 'careless' disclosure of HIV status," written by Jessica Kim Cohen. May 24, 2017. Becker Hospital Review. [2]
  19. ^ Aiello, Marianne (2016-04-06). "Mount Sinai Launches First National Campaign". HealthLeaders Media. HealthLeaders Media. Retrieved 2017-03-27.

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