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New Imaging Suite at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island Presents a Bright Picture of Enhanced Patient Care

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Brooklyn, New York, Aug. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (Brooklyn, NY – August 22, 2018)  NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island marked the official opening today of its Outpatient Diagnostic Center/Women's Health, a suite of some of the most advanced imaging technologies. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by William Brown, chief executive officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, City Council member Chaim Deutsch, and a host of leaders and staff from the public health system.

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Located on the fifth floor of the main hospital building, the 7,093-square-foot imaging suite features the following:

  • GE 3D mammography unit, the Senographe Pristina - Radiologists can see breast tissue details more clearly to uncover breast cancer that may have otherwise been hidden by overlying breast tissue. The mammography system was designed with patient comfort in mind, with dedicated functionalities for easier patient positioning during a mammogram.
  • Hologic bone densitometry (DEXA)/Osteoporosis scanning unit - This enhanced form of x-ray technology is used to measure bone loss. In addition to detecting early stages of osteoporosis and improving identification of hard-to-capture vertebral and femoral fractures, the unit features IVA-HD technology, which enables clinicians to visualize abdominal aortic calcifications, a significant predictor of cardiovascular disease.
  • Henry Schein panorex unit - Jawbone and dental x-rays are taken by a machine that moves around the head, rather than requiring the patient to accommodate the technology. The unit offers digital radiography, which offers reduced x-ray exposure compared to traditional x-ray-processing techniques.
  • A Philips ultrasound unit - High-frequency sound waves capture images for a range of health care purposes, including ultrasound-guided biopsies.

The suite serves as the hospital's main ambulatory imaging and diagnostic center, and is available to all patients in need of service. It complements other imaging resources available at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island to address the full range of patient needs.

"The opening of the Outpatient Diagnostic Center/Women's Health imaging suite demonstrates our commitment to continuously providing our patients and community members with the most advanced medical services," said Mr. Brown. "As the medical provider of choice in southern Brooklyn, we recognize that our patients deserve premier, advanced medical care, and that is exactly what we will continue to deliver. 

"I commend NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island and the broader public health system on the opening of this new Outpatient Diagnostic Center/Women's Health imaging suite," said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz. "I'm pleased that residents will have this potentially lifesaving, state-of-the-art facility within easy access in their own community, which encourages them to be proactive about their own health."

"This is a significant achievement in the City's ongoing efforts to better serve the health needs of the community," said New York Council Member Chaim Deutsch. "I'm glad to have been able to allocate $130,000 towards 3D-imaging technology for women's health. The Outpatient Diagnostic Center with its advanced imaging technologies will benefit the public for decades to come. I congratulate Mr. Brown and everyone else associated with this milestone, and look forward to continue working with them."

"Residents in southern Brooklyn deserve the same high-quality medical care that is available and accessible to New Yorkers in other parts of the city," said New York City Council Member Mark Treyger. "The new Outpatient Diagnostic Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island will help their great team of medical professionals better diagnose, treat, and care for local residents. This is welcome news for our community. 

The Outpatient Diagnostic Center/Women's Health imaging suite reflects a $9.5 million investment in construction and new technologies—funding provided through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to mitigate damage experienced in 2012 during Super Storm Sandy.
 

About NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island is a 371-bed facility, one of the public health system's 11 acute care hospitals that offers general and acute medical care to adults and children. NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island offers inpatient services for primary and acute care in general medicine, adult medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, medical and surgical sub-specialties, coronary care, intensive care, obstetrics and gynecology, midwifery, neonatology, critical care, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry, and behavioral health services to a primary service area of approximately 900,000 NYC residents of southern Brooklyn. The hospital has designations as a SAFE Center of Excellence under the Sexual Assault Reform Act, Designated AIDS Center (DACs), Level 2 Perinatal Center, and a New York State-designated Stroke Center.

About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city's five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system's trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthandHospitals or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem

Thomas Melillo
NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
(718) 616-3200
melillot@nychhc.org

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