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NYC Health + Hospitals Shares Its 2023 Accomplishments

Highlights include opening the new $923 million Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital on the campus of NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health; answering the need for asylum seeker care and services; and investing in loan repayment for behavioral health staff

Dec 21, 2023

NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health patient Stephen Burke is among the first patients moved into the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital, tended to by nurse Inglide Jesuca-Jodesty (Credit: NYC Health + Hospitals)

NYC Health + Hospitals today shared an overview of its accomplishments for the year. Highlights include being recognized for the delivery of high-quality care to patients, new state of the art facilities, answering the need for asylum seeker care and services, and investing in the NYC Health + Hospitals’ workforce.

“NYC Health + Hospitals has so much to be proud of this year, and I want to thank our staff across the health system for the hard work they do every day to serve our patients and New Yorkers,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “We joined our sister agencies in the response to the asylum seeker crisis. In the face of a neighborhood power outage, we safely evacuated all of our patients from NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull and brought them back when it was safe. We opened a beautiful new hospital, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital at NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health. And we made deep investments in our staff, with a salary increase for our nurses and loan repayment for some of our behavioral health staff.”

A list of the health system’s accomplishments for 2023 are below:

Delivering Award-Winning, High-Quality Care

  • Newsweek ranked Seaview the #1 Nursing Home in New York State. Three of the health system’s other skilled nursing facilities ranked in the top ten, and the fifth was ranked in the top 30 out of 600 nursing homes statewide.
  • NYC Health + Hospitals expanded its DaVinci Surgical Robot program. To offer equitable access to all patients, the health system added nine surgical robots for a total of 12 across the system.
  • A new Lung Cancer Screening Program launched at three pilot hospital sites. To date 3,961 patients have been screened. The health system’s screening rate for patients is 24% of all those eligible, which is significantly higher than the national rate of 6%. Of those screened, 23% were Black; 25% were Hispanic; 24% were White; and 26% were Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander.

New spaces and services

  • NYC Health + Hospitals opened a new hospital. The $923 million Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital on the campus of NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health is a bright, beautiful space for patients to receive care. The 11-story building was designed to withstand the next 500-year storm. Hospital staff successfully transferred over 170 patients in an operation that began at 1am on a Sunday morning.
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health Services opened the first-ever reentry service center on Rikers Island, a resource hub for the hundreds of people who are released from Rikers each year as well as members of the public and staff. Correctional health is also providing free smartphones and wireless plans to clinically vulnerable patients upon their release from jail to help them remain engaged in care as they return to the community.  
  • Seven new murals can be found around NYC Health + Hospitals thanks to the Arts in Medicine department’s Community Mural Project at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County; NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Sydenham; NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens; NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler; NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter; and NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania. Two more murals will arrive after the new year at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem and NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln.

Meeting Challenges Head On

  • NYC Health + Hospitals remained at the forefront of the city’s response to the historic asylum seeker crisis, providing shelter, health care, casework, and social services to tens of thousands of asylum seekers at our humanitarian relief centers. Staff at the city’s Arrival Center registered and provided medical services to more than 85,000 asylum seekers since the facility opened in May. This year, our clinicians have completed over 30,000 visits to patients who are known to be migrants or asylum seekers.

Finding Homes for Our Patients

  • 300 patients found permanent housing working with NYC Health + Hospitals’ Housing for Health team this year.
  • The health system broke ground on a new housing development on the NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull campus that will have 93 apartments, including 56 units of supportive housing for our patients.

Food as Medicine

  • The Lifestyle Medicine Program, launched at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in 2019, began its citywide expansion. NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County all kicked off their Lifestyle Medicine programs this fall, with NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham/Vanderbilt to come in the spring.
  • All of the health system’s hospitals began serving plant-based meals as the primary choice for dinner, encouraging patients to eat tasty food that promotes better health outcomes.

Investing in Behavioral Health

  • The health system opened a new Extended Care Unit at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County for patients who are discharged from psychiatric inpatient care and want continued support. Patients stay in the ECU for up to 90 days to work on rehabilitation and reintegrating into the community. The ECU at Kings County Hospital joins a successful program at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue launched in 2020.
  • NYC Health + Hospitals finished converting back medical units to psychiatric units after COVID and are on track to have nearly 1,000 psychiatric beds online by the New Year.

Supporting our staff

  • NYC Health + Hospitals distributed $1 million in debt relief to 27 behavioral health providers in exchange for a three-year commitment to serving our health system.

Using Creativity to Connect and Heal Our Patients

  • NYC Care almost reaches the 125,000 members milestone. This fall, the program partnered with the Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit to engage 30,000 NYC Care members who had not yet scheduled a primary care appointment, and connected them to care.


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About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.