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Brooklyn, New York, October 8, 2009 - - Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (Kingsbrook) has received a $15.8 million funding award from the Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) Capital Restructuring Initiatives program to facilitate furthering its cooperative initiatives with the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center/University Hospital of Brooklyn (Downstate/UHB), including developing a regional core clinical laboratory, consolidating pediatric services, and coordinating adult inpatient resources.

Kingsbrook and Downstate/UHB have a long history of dedicated, excellent service to the residents of Central Brooklyn.  They currently work cooperatively on a number of initiatives, including the Brooklyn Healthcare Improvement Project, the training of graduate medical residents and fellows who rotate from Downstate/UHB through Kingsbrook and its long term care facility, Rutland Nursing Home, for medical training and efforts around cardiac care.

Building on these programs, Kingsbrook and Downstate/UHB have been engaged in ongoing efforts to better coordinate their activities for the benefit of the community and their respective graduate medical education residents.  Each has identified the need for clinical laboratory facilities and discussed developing a new regional core clinical laboratory to serve both institutions and enhance Downstate’s efforts to expand its ambulatory care facilities.  As a result, the organizations intend to jointly develop a state of the art clinical laboratory that will enable them to better serve their community and increase access to high quality, cost-effective and efficient patient care.    

They also believe that by better combining their services to pediatric patients, they will enhance the breadth and quality of services to this important constituency.  The grant also allows use of Kingsbrook beds to help renovate Downstate/UHB beds and meet inpatient overflow that cannot be met at Downstate.

Upon learning of the award, Dr. Linda Brady, President and CEO of Kingsbrook, said “this award will help to regionalize, consolidate and right size healthcare within Central Brooklyn and improve healthcare to our culturally diverse, medically underserved community.”  Dr. John LaRosa, President of SUNY Downstate, added, “we look forward to working with Kingsbrook on this project. We believe it embodies the goals of HEAL NY, and that by working together, Downstate and Kingsbrook will provide enhanced services for the community. It also supports Downstate's goal of creating an efficient health delivery system."
 
For additional information or a copy, contact:  Enid Dillard, Director of Marketing, Kingsbrook, 718-604-5201, edillard@kingsbrook.org

About Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center:
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, a teaching medical center with 326 acute care beds and 538 long-term care beds,  is dedicated to meeting the health needs of the culturally diverse community of Central Brooklyn by providing a continuum of outstanding health care services to individuals and families through a caring and trustworthy staff.  Building on almost 85 years of service to Central Brooklyn, Kingsbrook provides high-quality health care services along the care continuum including, emergency services, physical medicine and rehabilitation, inpatient geriatric psychiatry, wound care, pain management, palliative care, outpatient mental health services, diabetes chronic care coordination, women's wellness center (including a breast health program), comprehensive non-invasive cardiology, dentistry, ophthalmology, radiology, orthopedics, podiatry, urology, neurology, surgical services, and renal dialysis. Kingsbrook operates the only Brooklyn based New York State certified traumatic brain injury and coma recovery unit.   In addition, through its long term care facility, it provides adult and pediatric residential care, sub-acute physical medicine and rehabilitation services, and adult day healthcare services.

About the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center: The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, an academic medical center of Brooklyn and tertiary care hospital facility, includes the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Related Professions, Graduate Studies, School of Public Health and University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB).  UHB, a 376-bed teaching hospital, serves as a regional referral center for three New York City boroughs, providing advanced specialty services in cardiovascular care, including thoracic and vascular surgery, the neurosciences, adolescent and child health, and renal care, including transplant services.  It provides pediatric primary care, as well as tertiary and quaternary services in the full-range of pediatric subspecialties.

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