Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso announced Tuesday that his administration has allocated $18.5 million in capital funding to NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island to consolidate and expand access to health services. for women on the hospital campus.
Reynoso said this funding will allow South Brooklyn Hospital to improve continuity of care between inpatient and outpatient departments, which will lead to better patient outcomes.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island receives largest capital funding allocation from Borough President Reynoso for FY23 at $18.5 million, with total budget of $45 million allocated to the three public hospitals of Brooklyn to help improve maternal health care services which in turn will reduce maternal mortality rates for pregnant black women.
Reynoso is the first Borough President to allocate an entire fiscal year’s capital funding to a cause and within a municipal organization.
“It’s important to me to ensure that every corner of Brooklyn receives equitable attention and resources as we try to build a more sustainable, safer and more livable future in this borough,” he said. “Being able to invest a substantial amount of funds in our three public hospitals in Brooklyn will help improve services throughout the borough, including in South Brooklyn where NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island are located.
“I thank our city’s public health system for being a trusted partner in my efforts to reduce maternal mortality rates among black pregnant women,” he added.
“Brooklyn is New York City’s fastest growing borough and has the second highest birth rate. NYC Health + Hospitals applauds Borough Chairman Antonio Reynoso for his vision to make Brooklyn one of the safest places to give birth,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “As racial disparities in birth outcomes are evident nationwide , our healthcare system is committed to reducing and eliminating these inequities by creating safer childbirth experiences for New Yorkers.
“The Borough President’s investment in our patients and their families will help us to further improve maternal health outcomes,” he added. “We thank Mr. Reynoso for his wonderful partnership and generosity, and we are very grateful for his gift.”
“The Borough President’s generous injection of capital funding will help complete a multi-year master plan for future NYC Health+/South Brooklyn Health hospitals and its Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital. Providing equitable, state-of-the-art women’s health care services to residents of South Brooklyn and surrounding communities is a cornerstone of the hospital’s clinical strategy,” said Svetlana Lipyanskaya, Executive Director of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island.
“It is inconceivable that black women are eight times more likely to die of complications during childbirth in New York City,” he added. “I wholeheartedly support the Borough President’s goal of addressing the disparity in maternal mortality between women of color and their white counterparts and making Brooklyn the safest borough in New York City to give birth. “
Reynoso said the capital funding will be used to create a comprehensive women’s health service on the eighth floor of the main and tower buildings.
He said services ranging from outpatient care to labor and delivery to postpartum recovery will be bundled together to ensure continuity and safety of care.
Patient rooms and ancillary spaces will be upgraded to improve total family care, the borough president said.
Additionally, he said the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and nursery will be redesigned to meet the needs of families to reflect the hospital’s Baby-Friendly designation.
After the hospital’s mother-baby unit is redesigned, all women’s healthcare providers, Reynoso said, staff and patient support spaces, and educational facilities will be on the same floor, allowing for immediate response in emergencies and fostering dialogue among team members to ensure timely consultation when questions arise.
Additionally, he said co-locating services will allow waiting patients and their families to become familiar with the team and amenities, increasing comfort and decreasing anxiety.
“On behalf of the entire OB/GYN department, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Borough President Reynoso for his commitment to improving women’s health care for residents of South Brooklyn,” said Dr. Maggie Tetrokalashvili, President of OB/GYN at Coney Island Hospital Her support will enable us to have a positive impact in the lives of the patients we serve, giving back to every mother, every baby and every woman a sense of belonging and hope for a better future.
“NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island’s investment in improving health care services for women is an important step in meeting the health care needs of residents of South Brooklyn and surrounding communities. I applaud Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of patients who visit New York’s public health system,” said Theresa Scavo, President of NYC Health. + Hospitals/Coney Island Community Advisory Board.
During his campaign, Reynoso pointed out the glaring inequity that black pregnant women are 9.4 times more likely to die from childbirth complications than their white counterparts.
He is committed to reducing this disparity in Brooklyn, making the borough one of the safest places to have a baby in the country.
Reynoso began working on this priority quickly after transitioning to his new role, launching his administration’s Maternal Health Task Force in April 2022.
He said the task force will help lay the groundwork for developing strategies around his maternal health program and expand the task force.
In addition to his capital allocations, Reynoso also looks forward to supporting outpatient services, such as social services and community care models, that address underlying issues faced by people of color, increase access to health insurance for all people giving birth, and more,” said Haitian. -born council member and chairman of the city council committee on hospitals Mercedes Narcisse.
“It is once again a pleasure for me to stand alongside Borough President Antonio Reynoso, who is leading the way in addressing the vast disparities in maternal health and mortality and helping to create more equitable maternal healthcare services in our borough,” she added. “Borough President Reynoso’s allocation of $18.5 million in capital funding to Coney Island Hospital will certainly help so many future mothers of color receive the care they need and that they deserve.
“As a mother of four, registered nurse and chair of the Council’s Hospitals Committee, I commend and thank Borough President Reynoso for his bold leadership and commitment to this file,” Narcisse continued.
“As a longtime resident of Coney Island, I am thrilled and grateful for the Brooklyn Borough President’s generous allocation of $18.5 million in capital funding to expand women’s health services. at Coney Island Hospital,” said Haitian American Assemblyman Mathylde Frontus.
“This investment in our South Brooklyn community will benefit so many women from all walks of life who depend on the hospital for maternal health care,” she added. “The importance of this grant in improving the quality of care women receive cannot be overstated.”
Last week, Reynoso announced an $11 million capital allocation to NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull to improve the hospital’s women’s health services by creating a state-of-the-art birthing center.