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Elmhurst Hospital celebrates 180 years

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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:00 pm

Elmhurst Hospital Center celebrates its 180th anniversary with a gala on Thursday, May 17 in Flushing.

Proceeds from the event will benefit EHC’s new women’s healthcare services pavilion, scheduled to open in spring 2013.

There will be a silent auction and live music by jazz artists Audrey Silver and the Elements Jazz Trio. The $175 per person ticket can be bought by phone or online.

“Since its inception 180 years ago, Elmhurst Hospital Center has delivered vital healthcare services to diverse groups of people — from Civil War veterans, to New York City’s underserved and uninsured, as well as immigrants,” said Chris Constantino, Elmhurst Hospital Center’s executive director.

In 1862, during the Civil War, the city negotiated a contract with the United States government to provide care to wounded Union soldiers. By 1870 the building had expanded to include a full-fledged maternity unit that developed safer birthing methods to reduce maternal deaths.

It relocated from Roosevelt Island to Queens in 1957, City Hospital was renamed Elmhurst Hospital.

Next week’s honorees include Dr. Jasmin Moshirpur, of the Queens Health Network and dean at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine;Rossana Rosado, publisher of El Diario La Prensa; Eileen Auld, from Citigroup; and Patricia Wang, from HealthFirst.

Alan Aviles, president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., will receive special recognition for his leadership in patient safety initiatives within the nation’s largest municipal healthcare organization.

180th Anniversary

When: Thursday, May 17

6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Where: Terrace on the Park

52-11 111 St., Flushing

Tickets: $175

(718) 334-3845

elmhursthospitalauxiliary.org

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