On September 20th, elected officials, community representatives, and government officials joined the The William F. Ryan Community Health Network to formally open the Ryan/Frederick Douglass Community Health Center, at 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Funded in part by a grant from the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Community Health Center Expansion Program, as well as through the HIIP (Health Infrastructure Investment Program) from the federal Health and Human Services’ HRSA division, the Center offers high-quality primary healthcare and support services to medically under-served members of the Harlem community and beyond.
“This is a momentous occasion, not just for Ryan’s staff and leadership, but for the communities we have pledged to serve,” said Brian McIndoe, MPA, President and CEO of the Ryan Network. “Our guiding principle has always been that healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and the Ryan/Frederick Douglass Health Center will allow us to better carry out that mission.”
Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were longtime Congresman Charles B. Rangel; Shahriar Khan, Director of the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Community Health Center Expansion Program; Noel Manyindo, M.D., Assistant Commissioner for the Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; New York State Senator Bill Perkins; New York State Assembly Member Keith Wright; New York City Council Member Inez Dickens; Brian McIndoe, President and CEO of the William F. Ryan Community Health Network; and E. Ronald Guy, Board Chair for the William F. Ryan Community Health Center.
“Every New Yorker deserves high-quality healthcare access in the neighborhood they call home,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “The New York City Economic Development Corporation is proud to support this goal through our Community Health Center Expansion Program, which provides much-needed funding for accessible healthcare options in communities most in need of these critical services. The new Ryan / Frederick Douglass Community Health Center will serve thousands of Harlem residents– regardless of their ability to pay – ensuring better health outcomes and better quality of life.”
The Ryan/Frederick Douglass Health Center joins the Ryan/Adair Community Health Center as the Network’s two locations in Harlem. Other Ryan locations serve the Upper West Side, the Lower East Side, and Midtown Manhattan.