The expansive, one-floor Forest Hills facility contains primary care, specialty and women’s health services. The dozen doctors at the new practice includes a rheumatologist, a breast surgeon and a few cardiologists.
In addition to primary care, cardiology and rheumatology, services provided include vascular surgery, breast surgery and gynecological oncology.
The Primary Care and Multi-Specialty Physician Practice has separate entrances for the primary care and women’s health departments. Overall, the facility took roughly four years to plan and build in the area.
“With facilities like this one, we want to create a new patient experience, a new level of access for patient,” said Dr. Michael Nochomovitz, senior vice president/chief clinical integration and network development officer for New York-Presbyterian.
New York-Presbyterian/Queens president Jaclyn Mucaria said the new practice is just one of many projects allowing more service to the borough so residents do not have to travel for care.
The opening of the Forest Hills facility follows the June opening of the New York-Presbyterian Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center in Jackson Heights.
In agreement with Mucaria, Nochomovitz added that the facilities are examples of health care delivery in Queens that emphasizes patient experience, quality of care and hospital services.
According to Nochomovitz, patients with serious, complex conditions can be transferred to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Borough President Melinda Katz praised New York-Presbyterian for responding to the neighborhood's biggest concerns. According to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, local residents call her office often just to seek out where they can go to receive medical help.
During her tenure as an assemblywoman representing Forest Hills, Rego Park, Middle Village and Glendale, Katz helped pass a law requiring health maintenance organizations to grant women direct access to critical gynecological services.
“We could pass all the laws in the world, but if you’re not here servicing our constituents, they have nowhere to go,” said the Forest Hills native.
State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky said that health services are the number one expenditure in state funds.
“As we move more and more to encourage people to not use the emergency room as their primary care facility but to come to facilities like this one, we are fulfilling the mandate that the state has set for us to try and provide better healthcare at a lower cost,” Stavisky said.