The 39 New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation health centers and clinics have reorganized into one new community health center designated by the federal government.
The new organization, Gotham Health, Inc., announced by HHC President and CEO Ram Raju, MD, was approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration for Federally-Qualified Health Center Look-Alike designation, according to a news release.
Gotham Health will include HHCs six large diagnostic and treatment centers and 33 smaller primary care community and school-based clinics that serve more than 140,000 New Yorkers annually in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan. The new designation will qualify HHC for nearly $30 million in additional Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement annually that will be reinvested to boost preventive health practices and keep communities healthy, according to the release.
This designation demonstrates the prominent role of our healthcare systems large outpatient care network and supports HHCs ongoing transformation to keep preventive care and wellness as the centerpiece of organizational culture, Raju said in the release. The additional federal funding will further support our strategic goals to expand access to geographically convenient and culturally sensitive healthcare services for all New Yorkers, strengthen our ability to keep New Yorkers healthy and make the necessary shift from sick care to true healthcare.
The six large diagnostic and treatment centers that received the federal designation are Cumberland and East New York in Brooklyn; Segundo Ruiz Belviz and Morrisania in the Bronx; and Gouverneur Health and Renaissance Health Care in Manhattan.
As the countrys focus moves more and more toward prevention, primary care and health education, having outpatient facilities all under one umbrella organization presents an amazing opportunity to identify and standardize our approach to promote healthy practices, lifestyles and communities, Walid Michelen, MD, Gotham Health CEO and chief medical officer, said in the release.
The Gotham Health organization has an independent board of directors made up by consumers and representatives of the communities served.