2004-02-13 / Community

Groundbreaking Set For Health Facility

Groundbreaking Set For Health Facility

History shall be made in Far Rockaway at 11:00 AM on February 20, 2004 when the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Care Center breaks ground for its new 22,000 square feet state of the art healthcare facility at 6200 Reverend Joseph H. May Drive (Beach Channel Drive).

Equipped with new medical equipment and additional examination rooms, Addabbo will be able to provide ambulatory care to a wider patient base. The new facility’s design is driven by a "patient-centered care" philosophy. Instead of patients being moved from one service waiting area to another during their visit, all of the patient’s medical needs will be addressed in one exam room by a medical team. The limited patient movement and increase in examination rooms will result in less patient wait time and more efficient medical care. Services offered will include preventive health care, appropriate disease management, and access to prenatal care.

"The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center has served this community for over 15 years. We are experiencing a growing gap between the demand for our services and an appropriate space in which to continually meet the growing needs of the community. We are excited about the new health center because it will close this gap," says Dr. Peter Nelson, Executive Director of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. "In 2003, a total of 62,000 patients were treated. With this new facility, we are projecting an increase to 70,000 within our first year."

The new building will replace the primary care facility located at 67-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Addabbo also provides primary care at 1288 Central Ave, and 130-20 Farmers Boulevard, a recent acquisition. Ad ditionally, Addabbo has a children’s day tratment program at Peninsula Hospital and a facilitated insurance enrollment program at 2050 Nae moke.

Making this vision a reality has taken the efforts of many, particularly our community leaders. During her tenure, Former Queens Borough Pres ident, Claire Shulman was the initial advocate. She committed the largest single source of financial support to this project. The Honorable Gregory W. Meeks, of the 6th Con gressional District, has taken it upon himself to champion this effort and keep it in the forefront. He has a strong history with Addabbo, serving in 1986 as the Board’s first chairman. Staunch supporters of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center also include Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Honorable James Sanders Jr. of the 31st Councilmanic District, Honorable Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., of the 32nd Councilmanic District, Hon orable Juanita Watkins, formerly of the 31st Councilmanic District, and the late Honorable Pauline Rhodd Cummings, formerly of the 31st As sembly District.

The ceremonial groundbreaking marks the first phase of a joint effort with Rockaway Development and Revitalization (RDRC), to build a new healthcare facility and educational center at this location.

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