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As It Approaches Its First Year Anniversary, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Center on Staten Island Will Expand Saturday & Evening Hours

Expansion demonstrates NYC Health + Hospitals commitment to improving access to primary care services for Staten Islanders

Community invited to attend Saturday, June 8 celebration event and free health fair

Jun 08, 2019

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that the health system’s full-service community health center on Staten Island will now offer Saturday and additional evening hours to expand access to primary and preventive health services to the community. The NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health center on Vanderbilt Avenue, will open the second Saturday of every month and until 7 pm on Tuesdays. The expansion nears the facility’s one year mark when the new $28 million ambulatory care center began offering affordable primary care for children and adults, mental health counseling and referrals, and opioid treatment to meet local community health needs. The investment in the 18,000-square-foot health center is part of NYC Health + Hospitals’ broader multi-year redesign to build a competitive, sustainable organization that will continue to offer high-quality and accessible health care to the people of New York City.

The health center, located at 165 Vanderbilt Avenue on the North Shore of Staten Island, is inviting the community to attend a celebration and health fair on Saturday, June 8, from 11:00 AM to 3:00. The event will feature free blood pressure screenings, presentations about nutrition, healthy eating, vaccinations and child safety, and other family-friendly activities like face painting and games provided by MetroPlusHealth, the city’s public option health plan owned by NYC Health + Hospitals.

“We’re proud to celebrate our first year of service in this new, modern health center and to make it more convenient for Staten Islanders to access the health care they need and deserve, right here in their home borough,” said Mitchell Katz, MD, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “We are also excited to see more Staten Islanders choosing our health plan, MetroPlusHealth. We saw membership triple in the last year, thanks to our broad network of providers on the Island and the comprehensive health services we offer in our Gotham Health center on the North Shore.”

“One year ago, we made a commitment to fill the health care gaps in this community. Today, we continue on that path by extending our hours to make affordable, quality primary care services available to even more Staten Islanders, regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status” said Sue Ling Lee, RN Associate Executive Director, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Vanderbilt has same- and next-day primary care appointments available for children and adult and its staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. The health center has new extended hours of operation:

  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
  • 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesdays
  • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. starting this Saturday, June 8 and every second Saturday of the month

Clinical services offered include:

  • Pediatrics and adolescent care
  • Immunizations
  • Women’s health, OB/GYN
  • Prenatal care and post-partum services
  • Family planning
  • Mental health screening, counseling and referrals
  • Opioid treatment
  • Asthma care
  • Diabetes care
  • Radiology (x-ray, ultrasound, and mammography)
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry

“Happy Anniversary to HHC, as they continue their commitment to the North Shore community. As they work to expand their services at this location, I am thrilled to see the commitment from HHC on their wrap around services for the community who often find themselves too far and without transit options to their nearest doctors,” said State Senator Diane J. Savino.

“Evening and weekend hours are extremely important for working people needing health care,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. “Increasing hours will help fill gaps in care across the range of services from physical to mental and behavioral health.”

“I have spoken a lot in recent years about the need for planning and infrastructure, and this $28 million health clinic is an integral component of our health care infrastructure. During the last year, our Gotham Health Center has met the immediate needs of residents in a convenient, state-of-the-art setting, alleviated the burden on our local emergency rooms, and lifted the economic vitality of the surrounding neighborhood. The new expansion of clinic hours is an additional, significant step toward meeting the health care needs of working families with demanding schedules. This center is an investment in our future that will pay dividends in our collective health and well-being,” said Council Member Debi Rose.

Please visit nychealthandhospitals.org/vanderbilt for additional information. To make an appointment, call 1-844-NYC-4NYC (1-844-692-4692).