Sheldon Silver Honored At Opening of Downtown Hospital’s Health and Wellness Center

May 20th, 2011


New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver received a plaque for his ongoing support for New York’s Downtown Hospital at ribbon-cutting ceremony, commemorating the new Wellness and Prevention Center.



The new facility, headed by Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Office Dr. Warren Licht, will offer some of the most advanced diagnostic and screening tools to patients in Lower Manhattan. The community-based program will be one of the first to follow evidence-based protocols to assess and establish individual patient treatment plans to help prevent or reduce diseases.


Downtown Magazine NYC Editor In Chief Andrea Tullman and Chief Medical Officer Dr Warren Licht,SVP


“Each patient will have a preliminary work-up performed by a Primary Care physician. Trained in a broad range of disease types, physicians will complete a formal medical history and perform a comprehensive physical,” according to Downtown Magazine Advisory Board Member, Dr. Licht, “Clinical findings will be developed into individual patient medical profiles with customized risk assessments and recommended treatment plans.”

Silver has long been a proponent of the facility and declared it an essential addition to the Downtown Community.


NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver


“As more and more people choose to make Lower Manhattan their home, the need for high-quality medical care in this neighborhood is greater than ever” said Silver during his acceptance speech. “By emphasizing preventative care, this new center is not only treating the sick, it is partnering with our community to fight illness and improve health before it’s too late.”


Chairperson, Manhattan Community Board 1 Julie Menin



Silver was honored by other city officials and community luminaries including; State Sen. Daniel L. Squadron, Council Member Margaret Chin, Chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Avi Shick, Chairperson Community Board 1, Julie Menin, Downtown Magazine CEO and Publisher, Grace Capobianco, and others.


Downtown Hospital President and Chief Executive Office, Jeffery Menkes


“Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has always championed the healthcare needs of ALL the people of Lower Manhattan,” emphasized Jeffrey Menkes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Downtown Hospital, who is also a Downtown Magazine board member. “We started out with 20,000 square feet of empty space that came about when the community united after 9/11 to build our new Emergency Center.”


Chairperson, Manhattan Community Board 1 Dr. Laura Forese, SVP, CMO, COO


Downtown Hospital provides service to more than 600,000 people in Lower Manhattan and responds to more than 30,000 emergency care visits each year.

—Nardos Mesmer

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