Tuesday, May 18 at 1PM

(May 17, 2021 at 1pm)

QUEENS, NY – A little more than one year ago, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst was the epicenter of the epicenter of the world’s worst public health crisis in a century. Tomorrow, May 18, the hospital will again make history, but for good reason as Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. will host a press conference to announce his commitment to fund two significant healthcare investments at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.

The first of two multimillion dollar allocations made by Borough President Richards will support the creation of a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst — the first such investment at either of the two NYC Health + Hospitals campuses in Queens. Currently, Queens children in need of intensive medical care are transferred out of the NYC Health + Hospitals system to systems such as Northwell Health, which operates a PICU at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s new PICU will allow the facility to offer life-saving intensive medical care to children right on site, while also establishing a more centralized location for Queens families to receive such critical care. Cohen Children’s Medical Center is more than 15 miles from Far Rockaway, Long Island City and other sections of southern and western Queens — requiring trips of more than 30 minutes by car or 90 minutes by public transportation.

The second of two allocations to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst will support the conversion of two undersized operating rooms at the facility into full-size, full-service operating rooms. The expansion of the two rooms will allow the hospital to perform a wider array of surgical procedures there, while also decreasing overall surgical wait times for patients. 

Members of the media who plan on attending the May 18 press conference are asked to RSVP via email at [email protected] or via phone at 718-286-2640. Face coverings are required for all attendees and social distancing will be enforced.

WHAT:         Press Conference Announcing Allocations to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst

WHEN:         Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 1PM

WHERE:       Outside NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, 79-01 Broadway in Elmhurst

WHO:            DONOVAN RICHARDS, Queens Borough President

                        DR. MITCHELL KATZ, President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals

                        Elected officials, hospital leadership and community leaders

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