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News and Events – May 2021

Well + Good
The Floating Hospital’s Women’s Wellness Day was held on Saturday, May 15, the first of its 2021 bi-annual such events. Patients received mammograms and other preventive healthcare, beauty bags, clothing and accessories, and were also treated to a delicious and healthy lunch prepared by Maria Loi, chef/owner of Loi Estiatorio. Many thanks to her, our staff, sponsors and friends who helped make this a success: Leota clothiers, Hudson + Bleecker, Garment District for Gowns, Quest Diagnostic, Direct Relief, Coach Bags and Mariela Rodriguez.

Movin’ on up
The Floating Hospital has started the long-awaited move into our new flagship clinic located at 21-01 41st Ave., just a few blocks from our current location. Administrative staff were the first to relocate this month, and clinical staff will begin their move June 7. We except to be fully occupied and ready to receive patients in the new clinic by June 14. Our new home is double the size with three floors of dedicated suites for primary, dental and behavioral-health care; spacious waiting rooms; and a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and learning space. Stay tuned for more updates from our new medical home. A less visible upgrade to our service to the community is the migration to a new electronic health records system that provides sophisticated patient recordkeeping for our integrated practices and will incorporate relevant Social Determinants of Health data to better define patient needs.

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Clockwise, left to right: Mother and son at Women’s Wellness Day; Rada Film Studio; Maria Loi Estiatorio luncheon at Women’s Wellness Day: The Floating Hospital’s NYC Walk for Families 2021

Giving voice to mental illness
Director of Behavioral Health Dr. Igda Martinez participated in Rada Studio’s, “Decolonizing Mental Health,” a documentary series of shorts examining how BIPOC communities are dealing with disparities in the delivery of mental healthcare. It is part of the larger “Decoding Mental Illness,” produced in association with Public Radio Station WGBH in Boston and the World Channel. Rada is co-founded by Joe Brewster, a former Floating Hospital behavioral-health provider, and under his direction, the shorts focus on the diagnosis of mental health in marginalized communities, and the voices that have been “systemically kept out of the conversation on mental illness.” The series, rolling out now and through June, will look at alternate modes of treatment and interaction with communities, families and individual patients. For The Floating Hospital segments, Dr. Martinez was interviewed along with two patients who consented to share their stories.

Walk for families
Save the date! Join us Saturday, Oct. 2, for The Floating Hospital’s first-ever Walk for Families fundraiser. We invite people of all ages to join in the fun and walk with us from midtown Manhattan to our new clinic in Long Island City (or join us online, details TBD). All funds raised will support our ongoing practice and operations as New York City’s preeminent healthcare safety net for families. For more information, contact Ann-Louise Lipman at alipman@thefloatinghospital.org.

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