The number of hospitals in Queens may be fewer, but one healthcare network is expanding.
The Addabbo Family Health Center cut the ribbon on its seventh location at 105-24 Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park on Oct. 26.
The new location, which joins others in Jamaica and Rockaway, will offer general medical care, dental, OB/GYN and pediatric services. The center will also partner with Fidelis Care at the site to serve uninsured and underinsured patients.
“We look forward to filling the medical void that exists in the Ozone Park community,” said Dr. J.R. Peter Nelson, chief executive officer of the Addabbo Family Health Center. “Our hallmark to success in our past endeavors, commitment to quality care, state-of-the-art technology and excellent customer service, have provided us with a roadmap to providing our newest patients the excellent care that is the Addabbo trademark.”
The centers are part of an organization established in 1987 shortly after the death of former Rep. Joe Addabbo Sr., who championed the cause of affordable healthcare in South and Southeast Queens, which he represented in Congress for more than 20 years.
His son, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), attended the ribbon cutting and said the center is a testament to his father’s legacy.
“It’s really great to see this center opening when it is needed the most,” he said at the ceremony.
Nelson said the center’s main goal is to fill the void left by the closing of many of the borough’s hospitals including two in Southeast Queens — Mary Immaculate in Jamaica and Peninsula in the Rockaways. The new location is funded through $2 million in grants from the State of New York and the New York State Health Foundation.
“The Ozone Park facility will challenge us to do our best,” said Dr. Alfonso Chan, the site’s medical director, noting the community has been devoid of hospitals since the closure of Mary Immaculate as well as Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills. Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is the only local one left for South Queens residents.
Borough President Helen Marshall, who also attended the ribbon cutting, said a center like this one is sorely needed in other parts of the borough including Astoria, where Mt. Sinai Hospital Queens is overwhelmed and many patients have to be taken to Manhattan for treatment.
Though the site has specific focuses, Nelson said patients who have needs best served by either of the Addabbo Center’s others sites would be transferred to it from the Rockaway Boulevard office.
The Ozone Park site is not yet open for business and is projected to open on Dec. 3. At the start, the hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but Dr. Nelson said he would like to see weekend hours added in the future.
For more information on the new office, call (718) 945-7150 ext. 7102.