Staten Island will get a new pediatric hospital, city officials announced last week.
The hospital, which is currently in the planning stages of development, will be built on the grounds of the New York City Health and Hospitals Sea View campus on Brielle Avenue. Children who require a specialized type of care will receive treatment at the facility, according to Staten Island borough president James Oddo.
Big news! @NYCHealthSystem will create a long term pediatric facility on the Sea View campus to provide a type of health care that isn’t being provided enough on Staten Island for families going through so much
— Staten Island USA (@StatenIslUSA) August 26, 2021
The hospital, which will be city funded, is a $125 million capital investment part of this year’s budget. It will have approximately 80 beds and be available for children throughout the city.
“It is a long-term care facility, which means orthopedic rehabilitation, neuro-rehabilitation related to speech and swallowing, spinal-chord injury rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, certain feeding disorders and includes palliative, spiritual and respite care for families,” said Oddo, whose office allocated $20 million to the investment.
This type of facility is not available for families in New York City, Oddo said.
“There’s a facility in Yonkers, but many New York City families go way beyond Yonkers to get this type of care,” the beep said.
Oddo added that it will be several years before the hospital opens, but he plans to visit the site with the mayor to update the public on the project before the end of the year.
In other city health news, a new diabetes center is set to open this fall on the North Shore. City officials, including Oddo, made the announcement that the center would be located at the Heath and Hospitals Gotham Vanderbilt site, located on Vanderbile Avenue.
According to a city survey, northern parts of Staten Island have some of the highest diabetes prevalence in the city. Richmond University Medical Center will partner with the center to provide vascular screenings on site and referrals to the hospital for expedient vascular surgery evaluation and treatment. Other services will include eye and foot care, virtual nutrition counseling and mobile technology to monitor blood sugar.
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