Gouverneur Opens New Ambulatory Care Pavilion and Penthouse
September 20th, 2011
Yesterday, Gouverneur Healthcare Services, a community healthcare center and nursing home of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) that primarily serves the Lower East Side and Chinatown, cut the ribbon on its new ambulatory care pavilion and the penthouse floor of its nursing home.
After servicing the community for 126 years, Gouverneur’s $200 million renovation is nearing its completion and will soon boast a state-of-the-art 450,000 square foot health care center. But in the meantime, the new ambulatory care pavilion and penthouse floor that were unveiled at the ribbon cutting ceremony both mark the progress of Gouverneur’s expansion and modernization and will allow the hospital to better serve the community with more beds and more comfortable rooms for all patients.
To commemorate the event, numerous hospital associates and elected officials were in attendance, including Gouverneur Executive Director Mendel Hagler, HHC Board Chairman Dr. Michael Stocker, HHC Senior Vice President Lynda Curtis, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, City Councilwoman Margaret Chin and City Councilman Daniel Garodnick.
Many of those individuals shared a few words to recognize the achievement Gouverneur’s has made with this new development, and all of those who spoke had only glowing remarks.
“It’s such a wonderful time to have a new facility downtown, especially after celebrating the 126 year anniversary of Gouverneur Hospital Health Care Services,” Chin said.
“Now, it’s up to the community. We need to use Gouverneur’s, we need to be talking about Gouverneur’s, we need to be sending our friends and neighbor here,” added Squadron. “This is one of the absolute greatest public health care facilities in the five boroughs, maybe in the nation. And we need to make sure that message gets out.”
Speaker Silver and Representative Velazquez spoke more generally on how important health care is to the local community and society as a whole.
“The health and well being of every citizen, regardless of their birth, is a mark of truly civilized and democratic society,” Speaker Silver said.
“If there is a message to the president,” added Velazquez in reference to upcoming debates in Washington, “it’s ‘Yes, we are committed to reduce the deficit, but it cannot be at the expense of low-income people, it cannot be at the expense of poor and those most vulnerable among us.’”
Also, as a surprise addition to the ceremony, on behalf of the Fukien Benevolent Association of America, President Kenneth Cheng presented a check for $10,000 as the Association’s contribution to the future of the hospital.