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Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Presents $380,000 Check to Gouverneur for Nursing Facility Culture Change Initiative

Jun 04, 2009

New York, NY
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Mendel Hagler, Executive Director of
Gouverneur Healthcare Services and
Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez.

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez presented a check for $380,000 in federal resources from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to Gouverneur Healthcare Services today. The funds will support Gouverneur’s Nursing Facility Culture Change program which represents the next generation in long-term care. The Residence at Gouverneur Court will resemble a luxury apartment building and include recreational and dining areas, private rooms and suites and a resident-centered design to foster a sense of community. Funds from Congresswoman Velazquez will outfit the nursing facility with homelike kitchens, bathing, dining and recreational areas.
“Gouverneur Hospital has grown and evolved over the past century to meet the needs of the diverse Lower East Side neighborhood,” Velázquez said. “I am proud to support their latest effort to create a homelike environment for residents of their nursing facility. This project shows Gouverneur’s dedication to providing our seniors with top quality care in a safe, comfortable setting.”
Nursing facility culture change is a system-wide initiative of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the public hospital system, which operates Gouverneur and three other nursing homes in New York.
“In securing these funds, Congresswoman Velazquez has become an active partner with us in these efforts to provide patient-centered, compassionate care for our elderly requiring long-term care,” said Mendel Hagler, Executive Director of Gouverneur. “We are grateful for her support and proud that the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation has taken a leadership role in this cutting-edge movement.”
“Immigrant New Yorkers can get quality health care in New York City with no fear. We want immigrant families to know that our number one commitment is to their health,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. “I’m proud of HHC’s long history of caring for everyone regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. I’m also proud of our staff who live up to this commitment every day. They are the caring individuals who heal our patients and can make them feel welcome and protected.”
Gouverneur’s $180 million, four-year modernization project will expand primary care and preventive health services to the Lower East Side and Chinatown community, improve physical and therapeutic environments, and create a larger, modern, 295-bed nursing facility. The project is part of a citywide, five-year $1.2 billion capital investment plan to modernize and rebuild New York City Health and Hospital (HHC) facilities and improve the quality of healthcare services for all New Yorkers.
For additional information on this and other events, please contact Gillian Fein at 212-238-7766 or gillian.fein@nychhc.org.


Contact: Ian Michaels (HHC) (212) 788-3339.