New Cancer Care Clinic and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) open

A female patient is in a hospital bed within a room of the new ICU, while a man accompanies her on the couch.

The Kimel Schatzky ICU will transform the care provided to Mount Sinai’s most critically ill patients.

The Kimel Schatzky Intensive Care Unit and the Cancer Care Clinic are the latest patient-centred spaces to open as part of Renew Sinai, an ambitious redevelopment project transforming and revitalizing much of Mount Sinai Hospital’s clinical space.

ICU doubles in space to enhance patient care

The Kimel Schatzky Intensive Care Unit (ICU), named for Shawn Kimel and Kate Schatzky in recognition of their $21-million gift, features larger patient rooms, leading-edge technology and advanced safety measures.

“This new space was initially designed with lessons learned from SARS,” explains Dr. Christie Lee, Interim Site Director, Critical Care Medicine. “During COVID-19, we fine-tuned plans to ensure the ICU is well-prepared for any future pandemics.”

The state-of-the-art, 36-bed unit is more than double the size of the previous space and includes a family and caregiver lounge, kitchenette and shower. Located on the same floor as imaging facilities, the space also provides critically ill patients with faster and more efficient access to essential MRI and CT imaging.

Each detail was carefully considered to enhance the comfort of patients and their caregivers, a vital component of successful recovery. Explains Dr. Lee, “Each room is designed to allow more family interaction. We’re providing extra seating for visitors and pullouts for caregivers, recognizing their important role in recovery.”

Cancer Care Clinic designed to deliver faster diagnosis and exceptional patient comfort

Bringing specialists to the patient was critical for the new Cancer Care Clinic, explains Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley, Medical Director of the Cancer Program at Sinai Health. “Our patients and families want an expertly integrated experience in which time isn’t wasted travelling to different appointments,” she says.

With a thoroughly integrated care model, the new Cancer Care Clinic is conducive to collaboration across specialties, creating a one-stop shop for patients. As part of the renowned Christopher Sharp Cancer Centre, one of the largest specialized cancer centres in Ontario, the Clinic will enhance Mount Sinai Hospital’s expertise in cancer care. It boasts innovative technology solutions and increased treatment, examination and consultation spaces, and is also the proud home of the Ruth Burnett Centre for Outpatient Oncology.

“We wanted to create the most comforting, comprehensive and state-of-the-art Cancer Care Clinic possible. And thanks to the efforts of our community, we’ve done just that,” Dr. Brezden-Masley says. “This space is a shining example of the future of cancer care.”

An image of the new Cancer Care Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital with staff working in the background.

The new state-of-the-art Cancer Care Clinic was thoughtfully designed to enhance the patient and family experience.

Patient  Jennifer McKendry celebrates  her last day of chemotherapy with Cancer Care Clinic staff.

Patient Jennifer McKendry celebrates her last day of chemotherapy with Cancer Care Clinic staff.

Fabbruzzo-Cota, Patient Care  Manager, Ambulatory Oncology, leads  a team huddle to share updates  for the day.

Christina Fabbruzzo-Cota, Patient Care Manager, Ambulatory Oncology, leads a team huddle to share updates for the day.

Two female nurses stand in front of a supply closet in the new Cancer Care Clinic.

State-of-the-art endoscopy unit unveiled

Donor support has enabled a new endoscopy facility that will both dramatically increase capacity and improve care for patients. The brand-new facility includes leading-edge cleaning and processing facilities and a spacious recovery area for patients.

“We are thrilled to get to come to work in this beautiful, new state-of-the-art facility,” says Dr. Adam Weizman, Medical Director of the Centre for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Sinai Health. “But most importantly, this is really going to elevate the quality of care we provide our patients.”

About Renew Sinai

Renew Sinai is the largest and most ambitious redevelopment project in Mount Sinai’s history. In total, more than 300,000 square feet will be redeveloped to improve care for patients with cancer, undergoing life-changing surgery and requiring emergency care.

Photography by TOM ARBAN,  Ben Rahn/A-Frame, and FRANCISCO GARCIA