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NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Receives $500,000 for Renovation of Outpatient Hematology/Oncology Practice

The funding is from NYC Council Member Inna Vernikov.

Dec 11, 2023

Brooklyn, NY — NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health today announced that it received $500,000 in FY24 capital funding from NYC Council Member Inna Vernikov to renovate its outpatient hematology/oncology practice. South Brooklyn Health’s outpatient infusion center has steadily seen an increase in patient volume for the last three years and has outgrown its current space.  The modernized space will better support the volume of patients by adding two new infusion bays and improve our patients’ experience by enhancing the waiting room and reception areas.

“Access to blood disorder treatment and cancer care continues to be difficult nationwide and prevents people from receiving the critical care they need to begin their journey to better health,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health CEO Svetlana Lipyanskaya. “With the generous support of Council Member Inna Vernikov, we will be able offer expanded services to all patients requiring infusion therapies in a comfortable environment.”

“Our board-certified hematologists and oncologists provide the full range of services for prevention, screening, and treatment for diseases such as sickle cell, leukemia, and lymphoma,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Chief Medical Officer Terence Brady, MD. “We have state-of-the-art infusion pumps and a fully equipped infusion suite for chemotherapy and other cancer treatments, which significantly reduces the need for inpatient admissions.”

“The planned expansion and renovation of the infusion center will help us better serve the needs of cancer patients in our community,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Chief of Hematology and Oncology Thandavababu Chelliah, MD. “I am very grateful to the Council Member for her continued support of this essential community hospital.”

“I am the recipient of treatment from the Oncology Department at South Brooklyn Health, and I would like to thank NYC Council Member Vernikov for recognizing and providing funds for this vital service in the community,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Chair of the Community Advisory Board Rosanne DeGennaro. “The care that I have received from the compassionate and extremely knowledgeable doctors, nurses and staff of the Hematology/Oncology Department helped to ease my anxiety through a very difficult time.”

Our hematology and oncology specialists treat blood disorders and different types of cancer at South Brooklyn Health. We provide comprehensive care for oncology and hematology patients, including symptom management, and post-transplant care. We have state-of-the-art infusion pumps and a fully equipped infusion suite for chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.

We also provide a full range of chemotherapy treatment options, cutting-edge radiology equipment for rapid and accurate diagnosis and staging, and novel, targeted drugs, including monoclonal antibodies to treat specific cancers and cytokines that can regulate immunity.

South Brooklyn Health’s hematology and oncology outpatient practice currently provides care to approximately 3,600 patients per year.


MEDIA CONTACT: Bridgette Ingraham-Roberts, (646) 937-2945, ingrahab@nychhc.org

About NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health
NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health and its 371-bed Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital and Health & Wellness Institute is one of the public health system’s 10 acute care health care campuses that offers general and acute medical care to adults and children. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital offers modern trauma and emergency care, inpatient services for primary and acute care in general medicine, adult medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, medical and surgical sub-specialties, coronary care, intensive care, obstetrics and gynecology, midwifery, neonatology, critical care, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry, and behavioral health. Its Health & Wellness Institute with over 40 ambulatory care practices provides patient and caregiver centered primary and specialty care to residents of South Brooklyn and the surrounding communities. The hospital has designations as a Certified Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Center, an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, an accredited Baby-Friendly Hospital, a U.S. News & World Reporthigh performing hospital, a SAFE Center of Excellence under the Sexual Assault Reform Act, Designated AIDS Center (DACs), and Level 2 Perinatal Center.  

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.