Disputed opening of Harlem medical clinic this year, says Mt. Sinai

HARLEM, NY – The Harlem Medical Clinic that received intense pushback when it was first announced years ago will open later this year, according to the Mount Sinai Health System, which has revised its initial plans after meeting with the neighborhood opposition.

The $80 million Mount Sinai-Harlem Health Center has been under construction since 2018, being built in a former parking lot at West 124th Street near Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard.

Scheduled to open this fall, the outpatient clinic will provide primary care, specialty medical and surgical care like cardiology and orthopedics, HIV/AIDS treatment and dentistry – as well as radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services. on site, according to Mount Sinai.

When plans for the facility were first announced, however, neighbors rose up against it, saying Harlem was “overloaded” with a high number of methadone clinics that were causing public drug use and streets dirty.

In response, Mount Sinai promised to cut all substance abuse services from the clinic – in addition to an earlier pledge not to include any opioid treatment, including methadone, THE CITY reported in 2019.

Renderings of the interior of the clinic. (Mount Sinai Health System)

In Friday’s announcement about the fall opening, Mount Sinai acknowledged “open and ongoing dialogue” with community leaders, including the Greater Harlem Coalition, which formed in direct response to the clinic and used data to show that Harlem harbors a disproportionate number of substances. use the facilities compared to other parts of the city.

“Mount Sinai has a long and proud history of serving the Upper Manhattan community, and our new Mount Sinai-Harlem Health Center is the latest in our ongoing commitment to providing world-class care, resources and services. world to the community where they live and work,” Kelly Cassano, CEO of Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice, said in a statement.