Women's health pavilion rises, brick by brick
by Richard Bocklet
May 03, 2011 | 639 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It's a walkway of honor for a worthy cause.

On May 13 at 11:30 a.m., Elmhurst Hospital Center (EHC) will celebrate a ribbon-cutting for its “Walkway of Honor,” a path made of memorial bricks purchased by individuals and local businesses. The proceeds will support the hospital's auxiliary fundraising campaign for the soon-to-be constructed Women's Health Pavilion and other projects.

The ceremony will raise community awareness regarding the EHC Adopt-a-Brick campaign and officially kick-off the ongoing fundraising effort.

The Women's Health Pavilion, which will be located on 41st Avenue between 78th and 79th streets, will usher in state-of-the-art technology and services to meet growing community needs in the area.

The hospital plans to break ground on the project in approximately two months. It should be completed by the end of 2012.

Over $15 million in funds for the project came from the City Council, a New York State Heal Grant and the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation, and augmented by donations to Adopt-a-Brick Campaign.

Executive Director Chris Constantino said the growing hospital needs more on-site medical care for women.

“In a building that was designed to serve 150,000 patients annually, we now see over 400,000,” Constantino said. “The new facility will account for both present and future needs, allowing for 5 percent annual growth in service capacity over a five-year period.”

“Presently, we don’t have adequate waiting room space forcing patients to cue up in adjacent areas,” added Wayne Zimmerman, the hospital's chief operating officer. “The new pavilion will have ample waiting and exam rooms, and the ongoing Adopt-A-Brick fundraising will help provide needed technology such as ultrasound equipment.”

Services at the eco-friendly pavilion will include gynecological surgery, pregnancy and HIV testing, prenatal care, and high-risk pregnancy monitoring.

The pavilion will also be home to support programs, such as classes in breast feeding and nutrition and diabetes education.

Six-by-nine inch walkway bricks are available for $150; 12-by-12-inch bricks are $500. So far, 65 bricks have been purchased. To buy a brick or for other donor information, call (718) 334-1843.

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