|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
COLER-GOLDWATER SPECIALTY HOSPITAL HONORS BENEFACTOR
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation is taking the rare step of renaming a medical department to recognize a living honoree Thursday, March 25, at Coler-Goldwater Specialty and Nursing Facility on Roosevelt Island, New York City. The event honoring benefactor Henry "Hank" Carter is planned for 11 a.m. in the Goldwater Auditorium of the HHC facility.
Among those in attendance at the event will be National Basketball Association Vice President of Security Bernie Tolbert, Security Chief Robert Gadson of the National Basketball Players Association, Queens Councilmember Eric Gioia, State Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubrey and Hal and Debbie Jackson of WBLS Radio.
In a unanimous vote, the HHC Board of Directors voted to rename The Coler-Goldwater Department of Rehabilitative Medicine The Henry “Hank” Carter Rehabilitation Center.
HHC President Dr. Benjamin Chu said, “Hank Carter is an example of a true New Yorker with his unconditional generosity, commitment and love to the patients and residents at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility. To demonstrate HHC’s appreciation to Mr. Carter, the HHC board has named a department after a living honoree. It is HHC’s hope that the example set by Mr. Carter will encourage similar efforts at facilities throughout to benefit of all New Yorkers.”
Renowned for its pioneering work in Rehabilitative Medicine, dating back to the polio epidemic of the 1950’s, Coler-Goldwater is honored that Mr. Carter has accepted this tribute of gratitude to him and Wheelchair Charities for more than thirty years of love and generosity to patients and residents. To date, Hank Carter and Wheelchair Charities have raised more funds than any charity for any public hospital.
Mr. Carter, the president of Wheelchair Charities, has shown dedicated and commited service, raising more than $10 million for the sole purpose of improving the quality of life for the patients and residents of Coler-Goldwater. Through such events as the Annual Wheelchair Classics Tournament at Madison Square Garden, Mr. Carter and his organization have raised funding used to purchase state-of-the-art wheelchairs, speech-rehab equipment, suction machines, imaging chairs, TVs, VCRs and many, many more life-enhancing medical devices.
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Care and Nursing Facility, 1 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, is a 2,000-bed health center, dedicated to providing quality medical, sub-acute, rehabilitative and long-term specialty services. Special services available at Coler-Goldwater include Cardiac Rehabilation, Pediatric/Adolescent Care, Chronic Pulmonary Care, AIDS Care and Wound Care.