2006-11-01 / Health Care

The Floating Hospital Docks In New LIC Facility

The Floating Hospital, one of New York's oldest medical providers dedicated to

Gathered to cut the ribbon for The Floating Hospital's new facility in Long Island City are (l. to r.): Zoe Epstein, from the office of City Councilmember Eric Gioia; Edward P. Turco, TFH Board of Trustees chair; Assemblymember Catherine Nolan; Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Susan Bergholtz of TFH. Gathered to cut the ribbon for The Floating Hospital's new facility in Long Island City are (l. to r.): Zoe Epstein, from the office of City Councilmember Eric Gioia; Edward P. Turco, TFH Board of Trustees chair; Assemblymember Catherine Nolan; Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Susan Bergholtz of TFH. serving the needy, opened its new main

clinic in Long Island City last week. The Floating Hospital's administrators decided to open a land-based version of their facility after losing their dock space in Lower Manhattan following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Assemblymember Catherine Nolan joined the officers, staff, trustees and friends of The Floating Hospital (TFH) at a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for its new Long Island City home.

"At The Floating Hospital, our role as the family doctor to the homeless gives us an opportunity to ensure that every patient receives the compassionate and quality care they need and deserve. We want to help every homeless mother regain hope for a healthier and brighter future for herself and her children," Sean T. Granahan, TFH president and general counsel, explained. "We are excited that the new space will accommodate the recent donation of ultrasound equipment and allow us to add pre-natal care to our already extensive list of services."

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Edward P. Turco, prepare to cut the ribbon and officially open The Floating Hospital's Long Island City facility. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Edward P. Turco, prepare to cut the ribbon and officially open The Floating Hospital's Long Island City facility. "I'm delighted that The Floating Hospital finally landed in Long Island City," Maloney said. "Though 9/11 forced The Floating Hospital onto land, it couldn't have found a better community in which to build a permanent home. I look forward to working with The Floating Hospital as it grows and thrives in Long Island City."

"I am very pleased that the Floating Hospital's long tradition of serving New Yorkers will continue in Long Island City," Nolan said. "Our community will be sure to benefit from its commitment to caring for those in need."

TFH began life as a "Ship of Health" that sailed New York waters to give children exposure to fresh air and a temporary respite from the heat of a New York City summer. Today it serves New York City's most fragile families: homeless women and children living in the shelter system. It stands as a land-based beacon of compassionate health care in a city whose poor continue to be plagued by pollution, unsanitary conditions, bad nutrition, asthma and other ailments.

TFH provides health care to homeless women and children from 35 family shelters and domestic violence safe houses in the five boroughs of New York, and ferries patients by minibus to its healthcare facilities. Last year alone, TFH provided life-changing medical, dental and mental health services to some 52,000 homeless patients, nearly half of them children. TFH is the largest healthcare provider to homeless families in the New York City family shelter system.

For more information on The Floating Hospital, visit www.thefloatinghospital.org

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