2004-09-10 / Community

Addabbo FHC Announces Sunday Openings

The Rockaway Health Alliance (RHA) and the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center have announced that, beginning September 12 th 2004, the Addabbo Center will be open on Sundays from 12 noon until 5 p.m.

Both Adult and Pediatric services will be offered by a multi lingual medical staff. “We are really excited about adding another day of service. Patients can now access care at our facility seven days a week”, said Addabbo Medical Director, Dr. Alfonso Chan.

Sunday clinic hours will be offered at the Addabbo Center located at 1288 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway. A Spanish speaking doctor is available. Appointments for Sunday or any other day can be made by calling 718-868-8230.

According to Dr. Peter Nelson, Addabbo’s Executive Director, “The expanded hours at our clinic are in response to the growing needs of Rockaway residents, many of whom work Monday through Saturday, or may for other reasons find it difficult to access care during regular business hours. This is something that we’ve wanted to do for a very long time, and I am happy to say that with assistance from the Rockaway Health Alliance it is now a reality”.

The Sunday hours were made possible through funding from the Rockaway Health Alliance (RHA), a consortium of community leaders and service providers who have united in a mission to ensure access to health care and related services for all who live on the Rockaway Peninsula. It is sponsored by the Federal Healthy Communities Access Program (HCAP) and managed by the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center.

According to Mary McCloy, RHA Manager, “This clinic expansion is just the most recent in a series of RHA enhancements to the delivery of health care and related services here in Rockaway. The provision of bi-lingual health care on Sundays represents a valuable addition to other efforts to improve access to information and services. Those efforts include outreach, advocacy, education, use of technology and a marketing campaign”.

The RHA has also created a website as a resource to service providers and members of the community. The website contains a comprehensive Community Resource Directory, designed to provide information and linkages to all health and human service resources in the community. Through the website, information can be found 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Linked to the website is a web-based referral system that permits electronic referrals among outreach workers and service providers. This system is designed to facilitate easy access to services and to help cut the time it takes to get Rockaway residents the help they need.

For more information about the RHA, you can visit the website at www.healthyrockaway.com, or call 1-888-STAYHEALTHY.

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