RED HOOK — The Queens-based Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center has purchased South Brooklyn Health Center (SBHC) at 120 Richards St. in Red Hook from New York Methodist Hospital (NYM).
Through referral agreements between NYM and Addabbo, patients at SBHC will continue to have ready access to a broad array of health services at New York Methodist.
Along with basic adult primary care services, pediatrics and HIV/AIDS care currently being offered, SBHC will provide OB/GYN, dental, podiatric, ophthalmologic and endocrinology services.
Purchase of the facility was facilitated with $1.125 million in financing from the Primary Care Development Corporation.
"NYM has been providing top quality health care services to the community for more than 15 years. We look for the same commitment to quality from our partners," said Mark J. Mundy, president & CEO of NYM. "When we were exploring ways to preserve and expand primary care services in Red Hook, having Addabbo operate the South Brooklyn Health Center made perfect sense."
The move is a sort of homecoming for Addabbo's leadership. Peter Nelson, CEO of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, and Alfonso Yu Chan, MD, Addabbo's chief medical officer, worked at SBHC more than 20 years ago.
"We are thrilled to be able to provide health care to Brooklyn's Red Hook community after all of these years," said Dr. Nelson. "The community has changed, but it still needs access to a full range of health services. Together with the exemplary services offered by New York Methodist Hospital, that's what we're going to provide."
"Health care in Brooklyn and around New York is rapidly changing, and providers have to forge new partnerships that put the community first. NYM and Addabbo came together to do just that," said Ronda Kotelchuck, CEO of the Primary Care Development Corporation, which provides affordable financing and technical assistance to strengthen primary care capacity in under-served communities.
The South Brooklyn Health Center was established in 1968 and has been operated by NYM since 1997. The two-story, 12,000 square foot medical office building, a former movie theater, was built in the early 1950s.
SBHC has historically provided approximately 18,000 visits for 5,000 patients annually. Addabbo projects an increase in visit volume to about 25,000 by reconfiguring administrative offices into exam rooms and improving patient flow.