2014-04-11 / Community

Opening Doors For Healthcare Survey


Rockaway’s St. Joseph’s Hospital Nursery in 1934. Doctors of the World and Columbia University are doing a door to door survey to determine the peninsula’s healthcare needs today. Photo courtesy of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital archives Rockaway’s St. Joseph’s Hospital Nursery in 1934. Doctors of the World and Columbia University are doing a door to door survey to determine the peninsula’s healthcare needs today. Photo courtesy of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital archives On Saturday April 12, Doctors of the World and Columbia University will be doing a final round of door-to-door household health surveys on the Rockaway peninsula.

Since the closure of Peninsula Hospital Center in 2012, making St. John’s Episcopal Hospital the sole hospital in the area, medical care has been a large concern.

Hurricane Sandy and the possibility of future emergency situations have made this even more of a concern for Rockaway residents.

The survey will assess Rockaway healthcare access and concerns post- Hurricane Sandy, and results will be shared with the community for advocacy initiatives and service provision.

St. Joseph’s Hospital, which later became St. John’s, opened in 1905. Peninsula opened in 1908 to address the healthcare needs of an even then growing population.

The first round of the Doctors of the World health survey was on the weekend of March 8 and received media attention from NY1 News.

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