|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
November 17, 2006
Queens Hospital Center Cuts Ribbon for New Ambulatory Care Pavilion
State-of-the-Art Facility Ushers in a New Era of Care
Jamaica, New York --- Queens Hospital Center today celebrated the opening of its new Ambulatory Care Pavilion. The new $53 million, 142,000 square foot Pavilion will house an enhanced, comprehensive Diabetes Center as well as the Primary Care, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology and Dentistry clinics.
“The opening of the new Ambulatory Care Pavilion at Queens Hospital Center represents HHC’s continuing commitment to the redesign of outpatient care to maximize both patient convenience and positive clinical outcomes,” said Alan D. Aviles, HHC President. “Patient-centered ambulatory care – with a particular emphasis on primary and preventive care – is the backbone of our mission-driven focus on improving the health of our communities.”
The Pavilion, standing six stories high, will accommodate the hospital’s primary care and pediatric clinics, behavioral health clinics, day programs, administrative offices, specialty clinics, staff education areas, a dental clinic, and the Diabetes Center of Excellence. The center will better serve an increased number of patients and expects more than 135,000 patient visits annually.
“This new Pavilion is exactly the type of enhanced care that our borough needs and wants in order to stop a dramatic outmigration of Queens residents who seek medical care in other counties,” said Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall. “I want to thank Executive Director Tony Martin and the leaders of Queens Hospital Center for recognizing a need and responding to it. This modernization effort that began several years ago has culminated with a stunning transformation that provides an entire framework for reliable healthcare options for the people of Queens. I am delighted to be here today as we celebrate yet another milestone in the history of this hospital.”
“This most recent milestone is testament to the fact that the two municipal hospitals in Queens, Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Centers, persist in striving for excellence,” said Ann Sullivan, MD, Senior Vice President of the Queens Health Network. “Over the last decade we have seen both facilities rise to new heights in redefining healthcare for the people of Queens. No longer is the public hospital regarded as a last resort for a person in need, but is now the hospital of choice for many New Yorkers. Residents of our local communities can now find a reinvigorated spirit of compassion combined with the benefits of modern technology whenever they enter our doors.”
“Queens Hospital Center’s new Pavilion will fully complement our commitment to a philosophy of patient-centered care,” said QHC Executive Director Antonio D. Martin. “This breathtaking state-of-the-art facility succeeds in unifying and consolidating the services offered on our campus, creating a climate of streamlined efficiency in the delivery of healthcare to our community. The melding of these new medical clinics establishes a sophisticated collaboration of services geared toward improving both access and quality of healthcare for our growing patient population.”
The Pavilion project was designed by the Perkins Eastman architectural firm and constructed under the auspices of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY). The project was completed in thirty months. For more information please contact the Queens Hospital Center Department of External Affairs at 718.883.2134.