|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
October 5, 2011
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) Announces STAT! 2011 For New York City's Public Hospitals!
Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Paul Shaffer, Tye Tribbett, Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, Questlove, Meredith Vieira, Sheila E. among featured artists and participants in Five-Borough Series of Music and Entertainment Events to Celebrate New York City's Public Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities October 23-30
STAT! 2011 series will help launch HHC's campaign against gun violence
Marley Marl, Paul Anthony, HHC President Alan Aviles, DJ Kool Herc and Bowlegged Lou
New York, NY – New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) President Alan D. Aviles today announced the second annual series of multicultural music and arts events - STAT! 2011 For New York City's Public Hospitals! STAT! 2011 is being presented by HHC and The Fund for HHC and will take place from October 23 - October 30, with one event in each of the five boroughs. HHC President Aviles was joined at the Aloft Harlem Hotel by Ray Chew, The Broadway Boys, Kangol Kid, Full Force, Marley Marl, DJ Kool Herc and Nice 'N Smooth.
HHC Sr. VP Iris Jimenez-Hernandez, HHC President Aviles, Harlem Hospital Exec. Dir. Denise Soares, Jean Waller, Ray Chew, Paul Anthony and Bowlegged Lou
STAT! 2011 will benefit New York City's public healthcare facilities, celebrate HHC's 37,000 employees, and help raise awareness about the important role that our public hospitals and healthcare facilities play in the city of New York. A portion of the proceeds from this year's series of events will also help launch Guns Down, Life Up, an initiative to combat gun violence.
"New Yorkers need our public hospitals, and at HHC, we're working in many ways to keep quality healthcare accessible for everyone," said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. "STAT! events help raise awareness about the essential work we do and the challenges that HHC hospitals face in difficult financial times. They also help to raise funds that support our facilities, as well as serve as a visible reminder that our hospitals are essential to the lives of New Yorkers, regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status."
HHC hospitals are also working to promote the safety and welfare of New Yorkers through an initiative called Guns Down, Life Up, which will include a collaboration with the Mayor's Office and its Young Men's Initiative (YMI) as well as partnerships with community-based and violence-interrupter organizations, to combat gun violence in communities across New York City. With support from STAT!, Guns Down, Life Up will be first implemented at Harlem Hospital Center and Kings County Hospital Center, and will incorporate best practices and collaborations with YMI and community groups to reduce gun violence among adolescents and young men. The program will seek to address the complex needs of urban youth through hospital-based interventions for victims of violence as well as friends and family members; collaborations with and referrals to services from community groups; mentoring and programs to address youth development; and links to supportive services.
Tickets to STAT! 2011 events and to the October 18 Kickoff Gala can be purchased at www.stathhc.org or by calling 646-458-2815. Confirmed participants for this year's series include Meredith Vieira, Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, Ray Chew, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Paul Shaffer, Sheila E., Doug E. Fresh, Hezekiah Walker, Richard Smallwood, Lynda Baquero, Big Apple Clown Circus Clown Care Unit, Questlove, Marley Marl, Kangol Kid, DJ Kool Herc, and many more. Venues include the Apollo and Paradise Theaters, Berean Baptist Church, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Frank Sinatra High School of the Performing Arts, and the spectacular Atrium at Bellevue Hospital Center, site of the STAT! Gala Benefit on Tuesday, October 18.
STAT! For New York City's Public Hospitals! is in part possible thanks to the support of the following sponsors: Jet Blue, American Airlines, TD Bank, Office Max, Aloft Harlem Hotel, Emblem Health, Greater New York Healthcare Association, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Cardinal Health, MetroPlus, and Sodexo. Media partners include: KISS FM, Hot 97, Metro New York, Amsterdam News, Village Voice, El Diario, WLIB, and Telemundo T-47.
STAT! For New York City's Public Hospitals! was conceived by longtime philanthropic supporters of HHC and by The Fund for HHC, which works to raise community awareness and promote equal access to healthcare.
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is a $6.7 billion integrated health care delivery system with its own 417,000 member health plan, MetroPlus, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country. HHC serves 1.3 million New Yorkers every year and more than 475,000 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 in-home services for New Yorkers. HHC was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/hhc.
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