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News and Events – January 2024

Generous donors end 2023 on a grateful note

In a remarkable display of generosity and community spirit, The Floating Hospital’s annual year-end appeal not only met but exceeded our expectations, marking a historic high in our efforts to improve the lives of all families throughout New York City. Thanks to the overwhelming support from our donors and friends and the unwavering dedication of our boards, we have more than doubled last year’s effort, setting a new benchmark for success and care.

The collective impact of these contributions is immeasurable. Each donation is a pledge towards providing essential healthcare and fostering stability for every family in need, echoing our commitment to nurturing healthier, happier communities. Together, we will continue making a meaningful difference in the lives we touch, now and in the future.

As we celebrate this milestone, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to every member of the Floating Hospital family. A special acknowledgment goes to our talented development team, whose leadership and vision were instrumental in steering this success.

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Playbook overview: engaging elected officials and city leadership

The Floating Hospital fortifies our connections with elected officials, city leaders and their staff through our enlightening Playbook newsletter. TFH Playbook debuted in fall 2023 and offers a comprehensive peek into our mission, impact, and the pivotal role we embody within the community. Vibrant snapshots from heartwarming events like Candy Cane Lane—a cherished annual tradition where families in need find joy in choosing toys and essential winter gear—complement the content. Additionally, it extends invitations to collaborate on critical initiatives, such as diabetes prevention, and provides links to engaging social media content for communal sharing and relationship building.

Crafted with precision by The Floating Hospital’s communications team, the newsletter presents elected officials with an exclusive “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of endeavors to support families grappling with fundamental needs. By circulating our Playbook, we aim not just to inform but to inspire collective action and partnership with city leaders, thereby enhancing our capacity to meet the healthcare necessities of our community with compassion and efficiency.

Untapped New York virtual talk: President Sean Granahan dives into The Floating Hospital’s deep history

Join us on January 31st for an enthralling Untapped New York virtual talk, where Sean T. Granahan, Esq., president of The Floating Hospital, will lead us on a historical journey. Granahan will reveal the intricate tapestry of our institution’s longstanding commitment to healthcare, woven into the fabric of New York City’s waterways. It’s a legacy spanning nearly 160 years. Untapped New York is a platform where curious people passionately interested in New York City, its history and hidden places and secrets explore via live experiences and virtual presentations

In this session, Granahan will unveil the significant chapter of our institution’s narrative, showcasing our pivotal role in delivering healthcare—and more—to immigrant families and those in need. From the beginning, our holistic approach transcended traditional healthcare by combining medical treatment with nourishment, entertainment, and education, redefining the concept of health and healing. This event celebrates our enduring heritage, inviting a vibrant community of New York City history enthusiasts to connect and reflect with us.

At The Floating Hospital, we take pride in our narrative, one vividly documented through our extensive photo archive dating back to the later decades of the 1800s. Our history is more than a record; it’s a testament to our unwavering resilience and dedication to meeting New Yorkers’ diverse healthcare needs. We are thrilled to share this rich history with Untapped New York and warmly invite you to partake in this event and discussion on the 31st.

Welcome Dr. Jonathan Zimmerman: new behavioral health director

As an exciting addition to our team, we warmly welcome Dr. Jonathan Zimmerman, our new Behavioral Health Director. Dr. Zimmerman brings a wealth of expertise and a compassionate approach to mental health care. His leadership will be crucial in enhancing our behavioral health services and ensuring comprehensive and integrated care for our patient families.

Understanding that life’s complexities spare no one, Dr. Zimmerman is poised to lead our culturally sensitive team of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Dr. Zimmerman shares his vision, stating, “I am thrilled to join The Floating Hospital and contribute to the holistic well-being of our patients. Behavioral health is a vital component of overall health, and I look forward to working with my new team and making a positive impact on the lives of those we serve.”

As we usher in this new chapter with Dr. Zimmerman, The Floating Hospital reaffirms its dedication to the health and well-being of New York City’s families. Together, under Dr. Zimmerman’s passionate and skilled leadership, we continue to weave the fabric of a stronger, healthier community, embracing every individual’s journey with empathy, excellence, and integrated care.

This post is featured in our monthly newsletter from January 2024.

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The Floating Hospital provides high-quality healthcare to anyone who needs it regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, immigration or insurance status, or the ability to pay. By providing unrestricted medical care in tandem with health education and social support to vulnerable New York City families, The Floating Hospital aims to ensure those most in need have the ability to thrive, not just survive.


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