NEW YORK CITY—Mayor Bill de Blasio reports that the city is planning to build a new 77,000-square-foot medical facility in Flushing, Queens and expects construction on the project to begin in a few months.
The $65-million Healthview project is to be developed at 40th Road and College Point Boulevard. City officials say a groundbreaking for the venture is expected this fall. The medical center will be operated by the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center and will provide care to more than 25,000 underserved New Yorkers. The project, upon completion, will create more than 140 new jobs in the first three years of operation.
Healthview will serve as a primary care facility with internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, psychiatry, behavioral health and family dentistry clinicians. The project is part of the de Blasio administration’s “Caring Neighborhoods” initiative.
“All New Yorker deserves equal access to healthcare and this state-of-the art facility means the tens of thousands of people in booming Flushing will get the primary care they need. As we work to make this city more equitable we are focused on neighborhoods that have been overlooked – and righting wrongs,” Mayor de Blasio says.
The city is providing $1 million for the Healthview project through the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Community Health Center Expansion Program. Other public funding sources include Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s office, which is contributing $3 million and the New York City Council, which secured $2 million for the project. As part of the Caring Neighborhoods initiative, the city has committed $20 million to cover pre-development and start-up operating costs for new health centers.
“I am excited that we will be expanding our healthcare services for the Flushing community. There are many residents of Flushing who still lack access to affordable primary care services, particularly mental health and dental services,” states Jane T. Eng, president and CEO of Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. “The new site, located at College Point Boulevard and 40th Road, will meet some of this increasing demand. The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center provides services to patients regardless of their ability to pay.”
For more than 40 years, Charles B. Wang Community Health Centers have provided health care services, primarily to New York City’s Asian American community. The Health Center has continuously expanded and grown to provide bilingual and bicultural healthcare services to underserved communities. Today, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center is a NCQA level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home and has three sites in Lower Manhattan and two in Flushing.
The Caring Neighborhood initiative has supported the opening of four new Federally Qualified Health Centers across the city to date. They include: Union Community Health Center, in Van Nest, and the Damian Family Care Centers serving Hunts Point and Mott Haven, the William F. Ryan Community Health Network – Ryan / Frederick Douglass Community Health Center in Harlem and Housing Works Community Healthcare – Keith D. Cylar Community Health Center in the East Village.