2009-10-02 / Community

Addabbo Health Center To Expand

By Nicholas Briano

The Rockaway-based Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center has received a $1.8 million grant to open a new facility in Ozone Park. The Rockaway-based Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center has received a $1.8 million grant to open a new facility in Ozone Park. The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center has received a $1.8 million state grant that will fund a new health center in Ozone Park as part of a $436 million giveaway in grants under the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State (HEAL NY) announced this week by Governor David Paterson.

Dr. Peter Nelson, CEO of Addabbo Health Center, says they are grateful for the opportunity to expand their community services.

"We received the grant to plant another primary care site to serve zip codes 11420, 11417, 11419. We are expanding our primary care," Nelson said.

The reason the state is being so aggressive in Queens, Nelson says, is because of the recent closing of three hospitals in the borough.

"We took over successfully St. Dominic's Hospital in Jamaica and the state was pleased. Now they trust us to do the same in Ozone Park," he said.

Nelson says the facility should be up and running by next spring, but didn't have a confirmed location. Preliminary discussion has led them to a possible location at Cross Bay Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.

"We're very grateful to be partners with the Department of Health in this effort to better serve the underserved of the community," he said.

The grants awarded are to improve the State's health care system. This funding, approved by the Legislature during the budgetary process, will go to health facilities across the State to advance health information technology, support capital restructuring and long-term care improvements. The funds will be allocated through both the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).

Other Queens institutions that received HEAL NY funding of more than $30 million in total include Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Damian Family Care Center, Flushing Hospital and Medical Center, Forest Hills Hospital, Institute for Community Living, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Mount Sinai Hospital (Long Island City), NYCHHC Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queens Hospital Center and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

"These grants will significantly increase the quality of healthcare services for many New Yorkers," State Senator Malcolm Smith said. "I applaud the Governor and his administration for this important step forward."

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