Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Re-Dedication of the New Ida G. Israel Community Health Center
Edith Stern (center), the sister of Coney Island activist Ida G. Israel, cuts the ribbon on the new community health center with the help of her family members and Arthur Wagner, Executive Director of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. (Photo: Sheepshead Bites)
HHC NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island held a re-dedication ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the Ida G. Israel Community Health Center. Named after the late community leader, activist and long-time resident of Coney Island, Ms. Israel was committed to the principle that residents should have access to quality healthcare.
The health center is located at 2925 West 19th Street, between Surf and Mermaid Avenues and across the street from the Municipal Credit Union (MCU) Park. It replaces the former Center that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, and will restore healthcare services in the west end of Coney Island at a location less than a half mile away from the original. At its new location, the center will have improved access to the F, N, Q and D subway lines and the B36 and B74 bus lines.
The 13,000 square-foot facility is a one-story elevated building that meets FEMA requirements and will provide the same services in adult primary care, pediatrics, dentistry, social services, family planning, behavioral health, chemical dependency and rehabilitation and Women, Infant and Child (WIC).
Close to 30 members of Ida Israel’s extended family attended the ceremony and were joined by numerous elected officials and dignitaries, including Councilmembers Corey Johnson, Mark Treyger and Chaim Deutsch; Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna; Ms. Josephine Bolus and Ms. Emily A Youssouf of the HHC Board of Directors; and HHC Executive Vice President Antonio Martin.