Hotel Trades Council opens innovate Brooklyn health care facility
by Patrick Kearns
Jul 25, 2017 | 297 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elected officials and union leaders cut the ribbon on the new facility. (Photo by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)
Elected officials and union leaders cut the ribbon on the new facility. (Photo by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo tours and speaks at the opening of the Hotel Trades' Brooklyn Health Center.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo tours and speaks at the opening of the Hotel Trades' Brooklyn Health Center.
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Elected officials and union leaders celebrated the opening of a new state-of-the-art health center in Downtown Brooklyn for members of the Hotel Trades Union last week.

Located at 620 Fulton Street, the new mixed-use building will also feature office space and retail to help offset some to the costs of operating the health center.

The health center’s unique approach to solving its members healthcare needs, however, is what’s even more impressive than the new edifice rising in the Brooklyn cultural district.

The multi-story center was built with a focus on wellness, incorporating modern and futuristic design elements all while considering suggestions from the union's members.

The facility will have no waiting rooms with patients checking on digitally and subsequently being assigned to examination rooms where they will see all doctors, nurses or other staff. All of that will take place in the same room.

Patients then can fill prescriptions right in the building, or see other specialists for dental or physical therapy services.

It’s a catch-all solution at a time when there’s an intense public debate about the future of healthcare in the country. It’s a complicated topic completely simplified.

“This idea of giving working people all of the healthcare they need – not some of it, not a little bit, not sometimes, but all the healthcare they need – this is a revolutionary idea,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the facility’s ribbon cutting. “It’s an idea I think its time has come and more and more people all over this country are going to pick up on this model because it actually keeps people healthy.”

For members of the union, the services will be free. Their contract, which was collectively bargained to run through 2026, allows all members of the union to have free access to healthcare. The contract even set aside $120 million for the new facility.

Elected officials at the ribbon cutting pointed to the model of condensing all services into one space as something other places around the country should start to consider. The Brooklyn facility is the second of its kind in the city. The first is in Harlem.

“This is an example of the future and this is a model that says we can give working people beautiful, quality health care second to none,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said at the ribbon cutting. “The Cadillac of health care plans, the facility is beautiful, and we can do it economically and efficiently and effectively.”
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