For Immediate Release
May 18, 2015
Contact: Carrie Mumah, [email protected] or 404-310-0302
Planned Parenthood of New York City Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Queens Health Center Opening in June 2015
PPNYC Joined by Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards and NYC Elected Officials for Ribbon Cutting and Tour of New Health Center
NEW YORK — Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Queens health and education center, the Diane L. Max Health Center, today, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. at 21-41 45th Road, Long Island City, NY. The ribbon cutting will include a tour of the new state-of-the-art facility, which will officially open in June. PPNYC will be joined by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Joseph Crowley, other elected officials, donors and community partners.
Queens is one of the fastest growing and most diverse boroughs in New York City and is experiencing an increasing demand for health care services. Unfortunately, Queens residents continue to face a number of health disparities because of limited access to affordable health care.
"We're thrilled to be opening the doors of this beautiful new health center to the Queens community," said Joan Malin, President and CEO of PPNYC. "Queens represents the future of this city, and we're so excited to be a part of this remarkable borough. Come June, Queens residents will have increased access to the high-quality, confidential sexual and reproductive health care services they need, regardless of their income or immigration status."
The Diane L. Max Health Center will provide the full range of sexual and reproductive health services in a 14,000-square-foot modern, patient-centered facility. Services include birth control, gynecological care, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy testing and options counseling, and abortion services. The center will also offer on-site health insurance enrollment through Medicaid and the New York State of Health Marketplace. PPNYC anticipates that the Queens center will provide services to 17,500 clients each year once fully operational.
"This new center is a very big step for us. It puts Planned Parenthood in every borough and keeps New York City at the forefront of reproductive health care," said Diane L. Max, PPNYC Board Chair. "The Queens center helps ensure that all New Yorkers, no matter where they live, can access the reproductive health care they need."
PPNYC's new center will provide medical interpretation through bilingual staff and interpretation services, as well as translated materials for non-English-speaking clients to ensure that everyone who walks through the center's doors can access the care they need. The new center will also offer education and training for youth, adults, and professionals in Queens, and has a community space open to PPNYC's partners for education, training and advocacy events.
Stephen Yablon Architecture, Constructomics (CMx) and Denham Wolf contributed their expertise to the Queens health center project.
Support from elected officials:
“For too many women and families, affordable, high-quality health care still remains out of reach. Planned Parenthood of New York City has a long history of ensuring that New Yorkers have access to care, no matter what,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This new center will help tackle health disparities and connect more New Yorkers to quality reproductive health care in their community. I join with all New Yorkers in welcoming the opening of a new Planned Parenthood health center in Queens, one of the city's fastest growing boroughs."
“The new Queens health center will enhance accessibility to reproductive and sexual health services for the residents and families of Queens,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “We thank Planned Parenthood for the important work they do.”
“Planned Parenthood has a proven record of partnering with community organizations in western Queens to provide quality care for those in need, and I am pleased to see a new location opening in our area at a time when health care services are sorely needed," said State Senator Michael Gianaris. "As we work to ensure those who need it most have access to quality health care, cutting the ribbon on this new facility is a welcome event.”
"The new Planned Parenthood health care facility in Long Island City will provide private, safe health services to women and their families," said Assemblymember Catherine Nolan. "Planned Parenthood has a long history of providing individuals with lifesaving care including cancer screenings, medical exams and counseling. I welcome them to western Queens."
"I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues to secure the necessary funding to build Planned Parenthood’s new home in Long Island City,” said New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “For over 5 years I have worked to help bolster quality affordable health care options in Western Queens. Planned Parenthood’s new facility introduces a trusted health care provider into a growing community that needs affordable health care providers. I welcome Planned Parenthood to the community and look forward to working together to improve the quality of life for all Queens residents."
"With the cost of health insurance today, many people do not have the proper coverage they need to receive services like the ones offered by Planned Parenthood, including routine check-ups that could ultimately save lives," said New York State Senator Tony Avella. "Even if insured, healthcare treatments and tests often cost people more than they can afford to spend. For millions of New Yorkers, Planned Parenthood offers a solution to this problem by providing a low-cost way for mothers and young people to get the care they need without having to worry about how it will be paid. The opening of the first Planned Parenthood facility in Queens is a momentous occasion for our borough, and I am proud to have provided support for this achievement.”
"I am thrilled that Planned Parenthood of New York City is opening a new branch in my district in Long Island City, offering women and girls in my district easier access to Planned Parenthood’s high-quality, affordable health care," said U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney. "I am pleased to recognize the financial support directed to this facility by my colleagues in government, Borough President Melinda Katz, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and State Senator Tony Avella, and to congratulate Planned Parenthood of New York City President Joan Malin and her staff for their vision in working to expand critical health services to this growing community. While other areas of the country are hurting women’s health by attacking Planned Parenthood, here in New York we recognize their crucial contributions and welcome them with open arms.”
"Planned Parenthood’s arrival to Queens provides women and families across the borough easier access to high-quality and affordable health care they can trust,” said U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley. “This new health center will, without a doubt, play a vital role in protecting the health and well-being of Queens residents by enabling them to get the preventive care and support they need for healthy futures. I thank everyone who played a role in making sure this critical resource is now available to the Queens community.”
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving nearly 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.
May 18, 2015