Expanding Health Care in Central Brooklyn

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Bishop Walker Health Care Center in Prospect Heights will be completely renovated and reconfigured to expand its capacity and add exam rooms, with a particular focus on women’s and children’s health. As part of this project, there will investments in new equipment, including digital mammography equipment and replacement of two end-of-life x-ray suites. In addition, Bishop Walker will develop a Integrated Women’s and Teen Health Center that will provide comprehensive services, including Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Gynecology, Breast Care Center, Family Planning and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Services, Adolescent Medicine and Sexual and Reproductive Health, which will be co-located with new affordable housing being developed as part of the Vital Brooklyn Initiative. 

The Medical Village at Brooklyn Developmental Center (BDC) in East New York will include a new, state of the art, comprehensive ambulatory surgery and imaging center that will be developed in conjunction with the new affordable housing that will be located at BDC. The preliminary design of this comprehensive center includes two operating rooms, two endoscopy suites, plus imaging capacity provided by a state-of-the-art MRI, CT scanner, as well as imaging capacity for routine needs, including two x-ray units, one ultrasound unit, one mammography system and bone density scanner.

Pierre Toussaint Health Center in Crown Heights will renovate 2,500 square feet of underutilized space to increase primary care capacity, improve patient flow and patient experience, and increase demand for OBHS’ full continuum of primary, specialty and inpatient care. This Center will help reduce unnecessary emergency department visits, improve convenient community access to needed services, and link people to the OBHS’ integrated system to improve their and the community’s health outcomes. 

Old Bristol Women & Child Health in East New York will be fully renovated and reopened to provide a broad range of women’s and children’s health services, importantly including developmental pediatric services. Services will be relocated from the Brookdale hospital campus and expanded to provide a broad range of integrated services. 

More than $30 Million Invested Through Partnerships with Six Brooklyn-Based Federal Quality Health Care Partners

More than $30 million of the $210 million awarded to One Brooklyn Health to establish a new ambulatory care network will be invested through six FQHC partnerships to enhance primary care with integrated outpatient services at 11 new or expanded community health center locations. These partners, and some of their most important locations, are as follows:

Brownsville Multi-Service Center

One Brooklyn Health will provide $10.3 million for Brownsville Multi-Service Center to create a new 50,000 square-foot state-of-the-art health clinic, which will replace its existing 27,000 square-foot location. The newly expanded center, located at 592 Rockaway Avenue, will include:

Up to $40 Million Reserved for Additional Locations in Underserved Areas

The Ambulatory Care Network will also include an additional nine sites in neighborhoods that have been identified throughout Central Brooklyn as being underserved and in particular need of primary and specialty care services. These sites will provide comprehensive services will include pediatrics, internal medicine and family medicine practices; podiatry, endocrinology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, OB/GYN and co-located behavioral health services – including on-site depression care manager, cross-functional primary and behavioral health care teams.

Several of These Ambulatory Care Sites Will Be Integrated with Affordable Housing Being Developed as Part of Vital Brooklyn’s Commitment to Build 3,000 Affordable Housing Units  

In April, the Governor announced five RFPs to construct more than 2,000 affordable homes on parcels of land controlled by the state or owned by Interfaith Medical Center, Brookdale University Hospital, and the state-owned Brooklyn Developmental Center. Proposals are due by July 13, 2018.  

These solicitations will advance the Vital Brooklyn initiative’s $563 million commitment to build 3,000 units of affordable housing in Central Brooklyn. Additionally, the Governor announced a suite of awards and RFPs to improve access to open space, recreation, and healthy food; expand education and economic empowerment initiatives; improve community-based violence prevention; and enhance resiliency. 

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke said, “Vital Brooklyn has laid the groundwork to transform access to healthcare services in Brooklyn. As part of the leadership of The New York Congressional Delegation, we worked closely with the Obama Administration to secure the Medicaid Waiver which infused $8 billion into New York State in an effort to give life to this vital initiative. This investment will provide greater access to quality health care services and improve health outcomes for our most vulnerable populations. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his vision and efforts in providing a greater quality of life and a healthier environment in Central Brooklyn.”

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries said, “Thanks to the ongoing efforts of Governor Cuomo, critically needed healthcare services will be more readily available to the people of Brooklyn. Now, members of our community who previously did not have access to high-quality healthcare will not only be able to receive it, but access it in their own backyard. With this expansion, we will continue to see important strides towards a stronger, healthier community.”

Senator Roxanne Persaud said, “The Vital Brooklyn initiative provides greater access to critical health care services that Brooklyn residents need to grow and thrive. Our communities in Brooklyn have faced health disparities for far too long, and these investments will make an immense difference in the lives of so many Brooklyn residents by providing vital services to improve their lives and wellness. I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership in supporting health and wellness in Brooklyn.”

Assemblywoman Latrice Walker said, “This ambulatory care network will provide much-needed, vital healthcare services for the residents of Central Brooklyn who need it most. Governor Cuomo has proven his commitment to helping those living in our communities. We are grateful to the Governor and my partners in the legislature for taking steps to ensure everyone in New York has access to quality health care, regardless of income.”

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James said, “With this new healthcare network, people in Brooklyn will be able to access vital services close to where they live, making it easier for residents to make it to appointments and get the preventative care, treatment, or follow-up attention they need. I am excited to see the results of this investment and applaud the Governor for making improved healthcare in our community a reality.” 

New York City Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel said, “Today marks another step toward a healthier, stronger Brooklyn. Thanks to Governor Cuomo, residents in need of greater healthcare options now have more quality treatment available to them than ever before. The progress being made through the Vital Brooklyn initiative is helping to foster real, tangible changes within our community, and today’s announcement will undoubtedly improve health outcomes for those in need in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn.” 

New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene said, “By improving access to healthcare, Governor Cuomo is once again showing his ongoing commitment to improving the lives of people in Brooklyn. These facilities will fill a great need in our community and help give residents the services and resources they need to lead healthier lives. I commend the Governor for taking strong, decisive action to address this need and for standing up for those who did not have the voice or the power to stand up for themselves.”

$664 Million for the Brooklyn Health Care Facility Transformation Project

In January 2018, the Governor announced the award of $664 million in funding to One Brooklyn Health to support the state’s ongoing effort to create a sustainable health care system that expands access and transforms care throughout Central Brooklyn. A total of $36 million will be reserved for future awards under the program, resulting in total awards of $700 million when the program is completed. 

The funds will support the development of an expansive integrated ambulatory care network, significant infrastructure modernization at each of the three hospital facilities, including regionalizing clinical programs and restructuring inpatient services, and the creation of enterprise wide health information technology platform to improve coordination and delivery of care through an efficient, high quality regional health care delivery system.

Governor Cuomo’s $1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn initiative seeks to transform the Central Brooklyn region by identifying and investing in eight integrated areas that will help to establish a national paradigm for addressing chronic disparities, such as systemic violence and entrenched poverty in high-need communities.