BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
Elmhurst Hospital has expanded with a facility to primarily serve women’s health services.
The 17,370-square-foot Women’s Pavilion will serve as the new outpatient healthcare facility to serve prenatal and comprehensive obstetrical services for women in Queens.
On Friday, Senior Vice President of the Queens Health Network Chris Constantino welcomed Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, local elected officials and representatives from the hospital, to cut the ribbon for the $16.3 million Women’s Pavilion that is expected to start accepting patients on June 1.
Constantino said that building the new state-of-the-art Women’s Pavilion allows the hospital to expand their scope of services for women.
“Our existing on-site medical clinics for women do not have enough space to accommodate the growing needs of the community,” he said. “The new facility will provide 15 percent greater capacity in patient volume, while allowing for five percent annual growth in service capacity over a five year period.”
Katz said she is proud of the hospital’s ability to adapt to the hundreds of patients who come to the hospital seeking immediate care in many different languages.
“Elmhurst hospital has a reputation of serving to the community’s diversity and needs, while still giving the quality healthcare it is known for,” she said.
Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Elmhurst), who gave birth to her newborn son six months ago, said she can attest first hand to the good quality healthcare that Elmhurst Hospital provides.
“The same woman who would send a steak back three times at a restaurant, sometimes feels uncomfortable to ask doctors more questions when they are diagnosed, so our job as women and elected officials is to make that comfort level higher,” she said.
The new health center, located at 78-20 41st Ave., adjacent to the hospital’s main building, will offer a variety of women’s health services, including walk-in pregnancy testing, prenatal care, HIV counseling and testing, genetic counseling, high-risk pregnancy services, antepartum fetal testing and postpartum services.
The two-story building features 18 exam rooms and two reception areas with glass facades.
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