|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
September 29, 2009
Contact: Press Office 212-788-3339
HHC Receives $28.1 million From New York State to
Expand Primary Care and Provide More Efficient and Cost Effective
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation will receive $28.1
million in healthcare grants from New York State to expand primary care
capacity in the borough of Queens, more closely align substance abuse
services in the Bronx with primary and preventive healthcare, and support
HHC’s ambitious restructuring strategy to streamline and consolidate
services and make the delivery of care more efficient and
HHC President Alan D. Aviles joined Governor David Paterson at a news
conference in Queens on Sept. 25 to announce the grants, funded under the
state’s Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL NY).
“We are grateful to Governor Paterson and Commissioner Daines for
making these highly targeted and strategic capital investments to support
much needed expansions of primary care for patients and enable us to
undertake restructuring for greater efficiency," Aviles said.
HHC and its Queens Hospital Center, Elmhurst Hospital Center and
Lincoln Hospital and Mental Health Center were among more than 50
healthcare facilities and systems around the state who received a total of
$436 million in HEAL NY awards.
“New York health care centers are known for their expertise in patient
care, and I am proud to announce these grants to institutions that are
creating more effective and more efficient ways of caring for those in
need,” Governor Paterson said.
“Thanks to these grants, our health care facilities will get much
needed technology upgrades that will save them money, more of our
hospitals will be able to join forces to improve patient care and our
long-term care system will be able to provide better service to the
growing population of aging New Yorkers and New Yorkers with
HHC will receive $28.1 million in HEAL NY grants to fund the following
- $18.4 million to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
?to regionalize intensive cardiology services and vascular surgery in
its Queens Health Care Network, which includes Elmhurst and Queens
Hospitals. Intensive cardiovascular services will now be regionalized
and expanded at Elmhurst Hospital Center – which will receive $7.4
million – to facilitate greater efficiency and effectiveness in cardiac
care. The regionalization will also expand and concentrate
vascular-related care at Queens Hospital, which will receive $8.5
million. Another $2.5 million will support HHC's plans to use this
project as a model for restructuring, consolidating and regionalizing
other operations across the corporation.
- $4 million to Queens Hospital Center ? to significantly expand the
geriatric outpatient clinic space and create a more robust geriatric
services program; to build a discreet geriatric clinic in the South
Queens Multi-Service Center in South Jamaica; to build a larger labor
and delivery suite and expand capacity; to upgrade the OB electronic
system used to document and help flow of patients through labor and
delivery care; to add five additional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit beds
for high-risk newborns.
- $4 million to Elmhurst Hospital Center – to help complete the
construction of a new $14.5 million Woman’s Health Pavilion to
accommodate the dramatically increased need for outpatient services for
women in western Queens. The two-story, 21,500 square-foot pavilion will
be built on the main campus of the hospital and will house primary care
and preventive care, obstetrics and gynecology, and specialty services
such as cardiology.
- $1.7 million to Lincoln Hospital and Mental Health Center – to
relocate its Recovery Center on East 140th Street in the Bronx, which
provides comprehensive substance abuse services, to Lincoln’s Segundo
Ruiz Belvis Neighborhood Family Health Center. The relocation will allow
closer alignment and easier access to the primary and preventive care
and specialty services for substance abuse patients who commonly suffer
from chronic health conditions.
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), is a $6.3
billion integrated healthcare delivery system and the largest municipal
healthcare organization in the country. HHC serves 1.3 million New Yorkers
every year and nearly 450,000 who are uninsured. HHC provides medical,
mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care
hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and
treatment centers and more than 80 community based clinics. HHC Health and
Home Care also provides health services at home for New Yorkers. To learn
more about HHC, visit www.nyc.gov/hhc.