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New Hybrid Adult/Pediatric Short Stay Observation Unit Opens at Mount Sinai Hospital





New Unit Will Decrease Emergency Room Waiting Times,

Improve Care for Patients for Short Stay Observation




April 22, 2019


CHICAGO, IL – Sinai Health System is opening a new hybrid short stay observation unit at Mount Sinai Hospital to serve both adult and pediatric patients. The opening of the adult unit on April 22 is the first part of a two-phase project. The pediatric component of the new unit will open in July.


The hybrid unit will provide care for patients who only need a short stay in the hospital for observation and follow up after an emergency department visit or transfer from another provider. The unit is designed to take care of short-term patients who need stays of 72 hours or less.


“The new hybrid short stay observation unit will greatly enhance the care and services we are providing for our community,” said Karen Teitelbaum, President and CEO of Sinai Health System. “We will be able to dramatically improve flow and eliminate congestion in the Emergency Department, leading to significantly shorter wait times for all and decreasing length of stay while providing better, more appropriate and efficient care for our short-stay patients.”


Better throughput and decompression of the Emergency Department will also enable improved management and efficiency in terms of staff assignments and utilization across high volume units receiving patients from emergency and other sources.


The new adult unit will be staffed by existing physicians and nurses providing coverage for 16 dedicated beds. The pediatric unit is simultaneously being developed for 24/7 coverage, and will include child-friendly rooms to accommodate pediatric patients and their families. The entire unit will also expansively utilize the latest digital health technology, such as mobile tablets with access to patient medical records and physician notes, to share data and increase diagnostic availability and efficiency. Sinai is currently recruiting pediatric-trained nurses to staff the new unit when the pediatric component opens in July.


“The hybrid unit is designed with the needs of patients who only require a short stay in mind,” said Airica Steed, Executive Vice President and COO for Sinai. “We are using technology and developing treatment procedures that ensure both adult and pediatric patients are getting the proper level of care, while reducing unnecessarily long hospital stays and improving the overall patient experience.”



Sinai, which closed its inpatient pediatric hospital in 2017, remains a key provider of outpatient pediatric health services for the community, and sees the new hybrid observation unit as an important response to the needs of the community. The development of the new unit will also contribute to ongoing efforts elevate performance outcomes, as well as maintaining and growing partnerships with both existing and potential new partners, including federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs), EMT service providers and others.


“Hybrid units such as this are a growing best practice in the health care market in Chicago and across the nation, particularly for community hospitals looking to improve efficiency, quality and patient experience,” said Teitelbaum. “It is really about continually looking at innovative approaches for Sinai to serve the needs of our patients today and into the future.”



About Sinai Health System

Sinai Health System, a Chicago-based private, not-for-profit organization, is comprised of seven member organizations: Mount Sinai Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Sinai Medical Group, Sinai Community Institute and Sinai Urban Health Institute. The system has over 800 physicians on its hospital medical staffs, 695 licensed beds, 100,000+ annual emergency department patient visits and eight physician residency training programs. For more information, visit