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2010 Year in Review

Report to the HHC Board of Directors

 

In the context of the HEAL grant to improve outcomes for patients with schizophrenia, the RHIO will play a vital role by ensuring that providers across the spectrum of care – which for these complex patients often includes various primary and specialty care outpatient settings, as well as psychiatric emergency, outpatient, and acute care settings – will be able to view and enter information into a common electronic patient record.

Nursing School Opens at Kings County

In addition to caring for patients, last year HHC returned to our roots by beginning to train our own nurses. HHC's nursing school history traces back to 1897, when a nursing school opened at Kings County. While that school closed in 1977, in April of 2010 Kings County rekindled the tradition with the opening of a facility in collaboration with the LIU School of Nursing. The first class will graduate in May 2011.

Caring for Patients on Staten Island

And even though HHC does not have a hospital on Staten Island, we provide primary care services through our Mariner's Harbor Family Health Center, Stapleton Family Health Center and or Mobile Medical Office, which serves New Brighton, Tottenville, Midland Beach, Concord, and Park Hill. We also continue to support the operations of the Community Health Center of Richmond, an independent federally qualified health center that we helped to create. And in October we launched a 24-hour call center to link Staten Islanders to our primary care operations on Staten Island. Bilingual services – English and Spanish – are available.

Recently, to begin to address some of the need for certain specialty outpatient services, we received approval from the NYS Department of Health to offer ophthalmology and podiatry services on a second Mobile Medical Office starting in the spring. In addition, we have installed digital mammography equipment at Sea View for breast cancer screening and diagnosis.

This June construction will begin on a new ambulatory care center on Staten Island’s north shore that will provide comprehensive adult primary care, women’s health services, dental, radiology, sub-specialties, and an outpatient pharmacy.