2014-08-06 / Features

NY Hospital Queens Expands Primary Care To Astoria


Exterior photo of New York Hospital Queens’ recently opened Astoria Primary Care practice. 
Photo Courtesy New YorkHospital Queens. Exterior photo of New York Hospital Queens’ recently opened Astoria Primary Care practice. Photo Courtesy New YorkHospital Queens. As New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) expands access to primary and specialty care services throughout the Queens community, a new primary care practice has opened in the heart of Astoria: Astoria Primary Care, located at 41-01 30th Ave.

“For routine care and in times of illness, we want to make sure that all Queens residents have access to quality medical care close to home,” said Stephen S. Mills, president and chief executive officer, NYHQ. “Our newly opened Astoria Primary Care practice is an example of our commitment to expanding access to primary care throughout the borough to help protect and promote the health of our community.”

As the healthcare industry emphasizes increasing the number of people who regularly receive routine checkups and screenings to identify and treat diseases in earlier stages—and reducing hospitalizations— primary care physicians are increasingly important as the coordinators of patientcentered care. Primary care physicians provide preventive care and long-term treatment for many conditions; serve as a central manager for care that requires multispecialty treatment; and guide patients through the healthcare system.

Practice members include family medicine specialists Ambrose Pipia, M.D. and Adina Benitez, M.D., and internists Domenick Acquista, M.D. and Melvina Patel, M.D. More NYHQ-affiliated physicians will be joining them in the near future.

Ambrose Pipia, M.D. is board certified in family practice medicine. Born in Italy and raised in Queens, Dr. Pipia received his bachelor’s degree from Queens College. He returned to Italy to obtain a medical degree from The Universita di Palermo, Palermo. He completed his residency training in internal medicine and family practice at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. and Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, an affiliate of The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine.

Adina Benitez, M.D. is board certified in family medicine. Raised on Long Island, Dr. Benitez has strong ties to Queens—she grew up regularly visiting grandparents in Astoria and Hillcrest, and recently moved to Bayside. She graduated from Queens College and earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Benitez completed her internship and residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where she was chief resident in the family medicine residency program.

Domenick Acquista, M.D. is board certified in internal medicine. A lifelong resident of Queens, he grew up in Bayside, then received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and a medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies. He joined the NYHQ medical staff immediately after completing his internship and residency with NYHQ and their affiliate, Weill Cornell Medical College.

Melvina Patel, M.D. is board certified in internal medicine. A lifelong resident of Long Island, Dr. Patel earned her bachelor of science degree from SUNY at New Paltz and her medical degree from Ross University in the West Indies. She completed her internal medicine residency at NYHQ, and then joined the NYHQ medical staff as a hospitalist before becoming a primary care attending with NYQMS PC.

Members of the community can make an appointment with a physician at Astoria Primary Care by calling 718-204-9886. All NYHQ insurances are accepted.

NYHQ has more than two dozen community medicine facilities, primary care and multispecialty practices throughout the borough of Queens. To learn more about NYHQ’s community-based practices, visit www.nyhq.org.

New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

The Astoria Primary Care Practice is a member of NYHQ’s physician group, New York Queens Medicine and Surgery, P.C. (NYQMS PC).

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