The current health center, which occupies 22,000 square feet of space, will be expanded to 44,000 square feet.
The new facility will be able to provide more holistic services to the surrounding low-income community, which lies within a federally designated Medically Underserved Area.
Services include primary care for children and adults, nutrition education, domestic violence support, and HIV intervention, prevention and treatment.
“The holistic, community-based health care provided by the Addabbo Family Health Center is needed now more than ever in Far Rockaway,” said Jonathan Denham, co-president of Denham Wolf. “Increasing the physical capacity of this facility is crucial to expanding the care, services, and economic opportunity available to a community that has been historically underserved.”
Expected to be complete in 2019, the expansion is predicted to result in an estimated 65 percent increase in volume and service to patients, allowing the facility to provide care to an estimated 19,000 patients annually.
Approximately one-quarter of the new patients will be residents of the nearby New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complexes.
In partnership with the Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, a workforce development program will recruit nearby NYCHA residents to provide on-site job training for medical assistants, clerks, medical billers and custodians.
The project will also generate 90 construction jobs and 31 new permanent positions for physicians, nursing staff, and administrators. More than half of these jobs are expected to be filled by local residents.
The physical expansion will include the construction of 21 new exam rooms, additional clinical and community spaces and supporting infrastructure upgrades.
Due to the widespread flooding and damage inflicted on the Rockaway Peninsula during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the expansion will also include bolstering the facility’s resilience in the face of natural disasters to ensure continuous access to health care services during and after major weather events.