New health center for Staten Island’s Tompkinsville neighborhood

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Health care on the North Shore received a much-needed shot in the arm yesterday, thanks to a $2.8 million federal grant earmarked to create a new health center in Tompkinsville.

Community Health Center of Richmond will offer comprehensive health care services at a second location in the near future, announced Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who secured the federal funding.

The new facility, at 444 St. Mark’s Place, would augment Community Health Center’s existing clinic at 235 Port Richmond Ave., Port Richmond, by increasing access to primary and supplemental health care services on the medically underserved North Shore.

Officials say there’s a higher incidence of heart and pulmonary illness, hypertension, asthma and diabetes in certain North Shore communities. As a result, residents there have a lower life expectancy.

“This funding is a boon for Staten Island residents who will now receive higher-quality health care from the Community Health Center of Richmond,” said Schumer in a statement.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2014, with the first patients being treated in 2015, said a Schumer spokesman.

Read the entire article  in the Staten Island Advance.


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