2006-11-17 / Community

PHC Execs Cheer Marshall Plan

By Brian Magoolaghan

Executives at Peninsula Hospital Center are cheering Borough President Helen Marshall who this week called for two new hospitals in Queens - one of them in Rockaway.

"The borough president has been steadfast in her belief that Queens health services must continue to grow to keep pace with the growing demand within the borough," said PHC president and CEO Robert Levine, who attended Marshall's press conference in Kew Gardens Tuesday.

"Helen Marshall has been highly supportive of the services and programs provided by Peninsula Hospital Center, and her faith in us and our vision for the future of health care," Levine continued.

Joel A. Miele Sr., the chairman of PHC's board of directors, said, "One new full-service hospital center in Community Board 14 would provide increased access to the community for health and hospital-based services and attract additional specialists that are needed." Community Board 14 is comprised of the Rockaway Peninsula and Broad Channel.

Marshall said the new hospitals are needed because of housing boom and population surge here and the trend among Queens residents of seeking healthcare in Manhattan or Long Island.

"We support the borough president's efforts, her vision for the delivery of quality healthcare to the residents of Queens in particular to the Rockaways, and look forward to working collaboratively with her in this endeavor in the future. She has our full support," said Levine.

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