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TBHC's Community Affairs Department is dedicated to providing Brooklyn resident's access to excellent care and to becoming the healthcare institution of choice.

For 2017, TBHC continues its Good Neighbors campaign. TBHC believes in “taking care of our own,” and working locally with Downtown Brooklyn's community leaders to improve the healthcare status of all residents. Our goal is to create community-based, community-focused and community- driven programs that will be sustainable and impactful and will serve to improve the health of our families through promotion and education of healthy lifestyles.

Each program is championed by our TBHC staff in an effort to promote good health. Staff and volunteers represent the hospital in many health events throughout Brooklyn. The Good Neighbors include faith-based organizations, educational institutions, legislative and appointed officials, the business and nonprofit sectors, community-based organizations (CBOs), and other groups.

To find out more about this campaign, please contact Gilda Caputo-Hansen, Director of Community Affairs at 718.250.8344 or email at


Community Affairs News

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Launches Church Avenue Family Health Care Center

The Newest Site In Its Ambulatory Care Network Expansion

The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) officially launched its state-of-the-art Church Avenue Family Health Center in Flatbush during a Community Open House on May 24th.

The Center located at 2244 Church Avenue is the latest facility in TBHC’s ambulatory care network.

Gary G. Terrinoni, TBHC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The new Church Avenue Family Health Center demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing Brooklyn residents with quality health care and services. The Flatbush location is part of our strategic plan to provide additional community-based care centers and modernize our facilities.”

The Center offers a host of primary care and specialty services to the greater Brooklyn community, including: dental care, travel medicine, cardiology, HIV/AIDs care, podiatry, pediatrics, OB/GYN, and infectious disease.

Cancer Services Program of Brooklyn (CSP), HealthFirst, CAMBA, Affinity, United Healthcare, and Amidacare were among the participating organizations.

Dr. Leonard Berkowitz, TBHC’s Chief of Infectious Diseases and Medical Director of the PATH (HIV/AIDS) Center said that the Church Avenue facility delivers a wide range of medical services in one location.

“We are making tremendous strides in improving the delivery of health services and expanding our ambulatory network in local communities to ensure that all residents have access to quality, local health care,” said Berkowitz, who treats patients at the facility. “But most important there is room for everyone. We are able to treat the whole person and medical issues that are impacting our neighborhoods the most.”

The Church Avenue Family Health Care Center offers preventive care, screenings, and assistance with behavioral health and social services needs. Care services also include chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and obesity.

Education, counseling, and self-management assistance are routinely provided and explanations are made in an easy-to-understand way, with an emphasis on caring for patients with respect, kindness, and sensitivity to religious and cultural beliefs.

 The Brooklyn Hospital Center Serves As ‘Critical Local Safety Net Provider’

Scores Attend Third Annual Community, Corporate & Legislative Breakfast ‘Building Brooklyn’s Future’

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries said that The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) serves as a ‘critical safety net provider’ to residents in the local communities of North-Central Brooklyn and its expansion and sustainability are important to building the borough’s future.

Speaking as the keynote speaker for TBHC’s Third Annual Community, Corporate & Legislative Breakfast, Jeffries said, “The Brooklyn Hospital Center has been taking care of Brooklyn’s health care needs for almost 175 years and fills the gap when it comes to providing access to quality care to the community.”

Congressman Jeffries said that while national health care policies are undergoing changes, it is essential that TBHC receive its fair share of government funding to ensure all residents have access to quality, affordable health care. 

“As we are trying to protect health care as we know it, we must pay attention to the fine print of how changes in Washington affect the delivery of medical services to local communities,” Jeffries said. “Health care is not a privilege; it should be a right.”

Gary G. Terrinoni, TBHC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, told the audience that the organization’s strategic plan continues to move forward. The plan will result in modern facilities on campus as well as provide additional community-based care centers.

Terrinoni said the changes are needed to meet community need and continue to deliver quality health care services.

“We have garnered numerous quality awards and continue to aim for excellence in providing top patient safety,” Terrinoni said. “Our current National Quality, Brooklyn Address campaign tells the story of TBHC’s top quality rankings.  I tell the TBHC team that if we can be efficient, then we will be effective.  These actions will be reflected in the bottom line. I am proud of what we have accomplished to date.”

City Council Member Laurie Cumbo and representatives from the offices of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Borough President Eric Adams, NY State Senators Kevin Parker and Velmanette Montgomery, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez Assembly Members Joe Lentol and Walter Mosely attended the event.  

This year’s honorees included: Raymond Ayala of JPMorgan Chase (Corporate Service Award); Alan Washington of The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (Good Citizen Award); and Roberto Valentin, a community advocate for childhood cancer and blood disorders (Good Neighbor Award).

TBHC’s Community Outreach Coordinator Sakibeh Mustafa received the Community Service Award for her years of dedicated service to the hospital and the community.

Leroy Charles, TBHC’s Vice President for External Affairs, who served as master of ceremonies, said: “We want to thank the community, elected officials and corporate partners who came out today for their support as we continue to build upon our long tradition of outstanding service by keeping Brooklyn healthy.”

THBC’s Community Advisory Board officers Chair Dr. Kim Best, Immediate Past Chair Reverend Earl Jones and Board Member Amanda de Geneste Archer also attended the event.

Dr. Best said: “Everybody wins when we can come together as one community to discuss our common goal of building a strong Brooklyn, as well as helping secure support to expand TBHC.”

Unknown Bikers Donation Ride Brings Awareness To Childhood Cancer

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Hosts Sixth Annual Fundraiser Ride Event 

Hundreds of motorcyclists called the Unknown Bikers recently traveled to The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) to bring awareness to childhood cancer and raise funds as part of their sixth annual Donation Ride for TBHC’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program.

Following the symbolic ride to TBHC’s campus at 121 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, the motorcyclists attended a special reception in the hospital cafeteria where they presented a generous donation to the Pediatrics Department.

Dr. Pallavi Madhusoodhan, Division Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Registered Nurse Lynda Martinez-Carde; Leroy Charles, Vice President of External Affairs; and Dr. Aziza Sedrak were among the TBHC staff who participated in the event held on April 29, 2017.

“It is an amazing site to see more than 300 motorcyclists pull into the TBHC garage,” Charles said. “But what is more impressive is their commitment to raise money to help in the fight against childhood cancer and blood disorders. We want to thank them for their continued support of TBHC’s program.”

The Unknown Bikers (150 Big-Hearted Bikers on Harleys) represent members of different Brooklyn motorcycle clubs who come together and ride for this annual fundraiser. The Unknown Bikers began their annual trek to TBHC’s Fort Greene campus from the Williamsburg neighborhood. 

The fundraiser ride was started by the Unknown Bikers’ Member Roberto Valentin, whose daughter Alexis was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 14 in 2006. Dr. Swayam Sadanandan of TBHC treated Alexis.

“I am happy we can come together each year and do our part to make a difference,” said Valentin, with his daughter Alexis standing nearby.

More than 15,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S., including approximately 120 in Brooklyn. 

Overall, the prognosis for these cancer patients has improved dramatically over the past 50 years. In addition, hundreds of children with serious blood disorders like Sickle Cell disease and Hemophilia are born in New York every year.

The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at TBHC was established in 1991 to provide state-of-the-art medical care to children and adolescents affected with cancer and blood disorders.

The multidisciplinary team of medical professionals provides quality care in a friendly and pleasant environment while assisting in improving quality of life for children afflicted by these conditions.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Community Advisory Board (CAB) Elects New Chair

Annual Meeting Focuses on Generation Public Health And Access To Care

Dr. Kim Best is the new chair of The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Community Advisory Board (CAB), hospital officials announced.

Dr. Best is a longtime advocate for the community who was elected on April 18th during the annual CAB meeting held at the hospital campus, 121 DeKalb Avenue. Dr. Best works for the city’s Sanitation Department and has a PH.D in Philosophy.

Gary G. Terrinoni, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), joined civic and community leaders at the annual meeting, which also featured a forum discussion: Generation Public Health: Access & Delivery of Quality Care To All. 

Mr. Terrinoni gave a brief overview of the latest developments at TBHC saying he was confident the current operating strategy would allow the borough’s oldest hospital to provide quality care well into the future.

“I look forward to working with the new CAB members to explore ways on how best we can deliver additional quality health care services to the community,” Terrinoni said.

In addition to CAB Chair Dr. Best, new elected officers included: Vice Chair Dr. Loretta Patton–Greenidge and Recording Secretary Deborah Benson.

Julian Macrone, Program and Development Manager for the Fort Greene Park Conservatory, was also elected as a new CAB member.

Dr. Best said, “This is my hospital and they have taken good care of me through the years. I intend to serve as a strong advocate for the community. I am very proud to serve as CAB Chair especially during a time when the hospital is undergoing plans for future growth under Mr. Terrinoni. The hospital has won several prestigious national awards for providing quality care to our community.”

Leroy Charles, TBHC’s Vice President for External Affairs, said that Dr. Best will serve a two-year term and succeeds the Immediate Past CAB Chair Reverend Earl Jones, Sr.

“We would like to welcome the new board officers and members to the TBHC family,” Charles said. “And, we want to thank the Reverend Jones and the outgoing board members for their commitment and outstanding service to our community.”

The community discussion on Generation Public Health addressed The Future of the Community Hospital and provided A Snapshot of NYC Citywide Health Statistics (Health Outcomes and Health Disparities), according to Gilda Caputo-Hansen, TBHC’s Director of Community Affairs.

Speakers included: Justin Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY; Sandra Chapman, Chief Program Officer, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office; Lloyd Bishop, Senior Vice President & Executive Director, Greater NY Hospital Association; and Dr. Torian Easterling, Assistant Commissioner of the Center for Health Equity, Brooklyn Neighborhood Health Action Center.

Caputo-Hansen said, “The discussion provided an opportunity to discuss the latest trends in community public health and the issues impacting local neighborhoods.”

The Brooklyn Hospital Center 2017-19 Community Advisory Board Officers and Members:

Dr. Kim Best, Chair

Fulvia Forbes, Chair CM

Loretta Patton-Greenidge, Vice Chair-MC

Pearl Jones, Vice Chair-MC

Deborah Benson, Recording Secretary

Renee Collymore, Member

Amanda Geneste-Archer, Member

Habib Joudeh, Member

Julian Macrone, Member

Adriana Banks Martin, Member

Dr. Natalie L.D. Mathurin, Member

Mohammad Sadique, Member

Mavis Veronica Yon, Member

The Rev. Earl Jones, Sr., Immediate Past Chair

March: Colon Cancer Awareness Month Early Screening & Treatment Saves Lives

Each year, more than 9,000 New Yorkers develop colorectal cancer and more than 3,000 die as a result. 

Yet statistics show that colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in New York State, health officials said.

Early colon cancer detection and treatment saves lives.

As part of Colon Cancer Awareness Month (March) The Brooklyn Hospital Center President & Chief Executive Officer Gary G. Terrinoni was joined by New York City Public Advocate Letitia James along with local civic and community leaders during a press conference at the hospital on March 3 to encourage Brooklyn residents to see a doctor about screening and testing options for colorectal cancer (also called Colon Cancer).

The Call To Action

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Call To Action Initiative is part of the National Colon Cancer Round Table’s stated goal to screen 80% for colorectal cancer by 2018.

Statistics show the number of people who die from colorectal cancer could be reduced by an estimated 60 percent with early screening and detection, according to Dr. Madhavi Reddy, Program Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program, Medical Director of Ambulatory Care Center, Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.

It is important to get screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 45, according to medical experts.

“I encourage all at-risk New Yorkers to get screened,” said New York City Public Advocate Letitia James said. “I’m proud to partner with The Brooklyn Hospital Center to help reduce local rates of diagnosis through early detection and to save lives.”

Have A Colonoscopy At The Brooklyn Hospital Center

According to the American Cancer Society and other national organizations, most people should get their first colonoscopy at age 50. If you are under 50, check with your doctor to see if you fall into a high-risk category and require screening sooner. High-risk individuals have a personal or family history of colon cancer and/or certain genetic disorders.

Cancer Screening Recommendations

If you’re at normal risk for colon cancer and have not developed symptoms, your next colonoscopy after 50 should be 5-10 years later. Colonoscopy tests are performed for many reasons in addition to cancer screening.

Cancer Screening: TBHC Makes It Easier

It’s an easy to schedule an appointment. The Brooklyn Hospital Center participates in the New York State Department of Health Navigator Program Network, designed to save lives by making cancer screening an easier process. To learn about your colonoscopy screening options, please contact Ed Montejo at or call (718) 250-8411.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Supports National Red Dress Day Promoting Stroke & Cardiovascular Disease Awareness

While everyone associates February with Valentine’s Day, the month also has another important significance.

February is Healthy Heart Awareness Month. 

Physicians at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), along with the American Heart Association (AHA), encourage everyone to receive regular  check-ups, to “know your numbers”, and to know whether you are at-risk for stroke or cardiovascular disease (heart disease).

TBHC participated in the AHA Red Dress Day as part of their national campaign to bring awareness to cardiovascular disease and the importance of maintaining your healthy heart.  

On February 3rd, they joined in with thousands of men and women across the country and wore red dresses and ties to work for National Red Dress Day.

Heart disease is the number one killer in America taking more than 800,000 lives annually, or one out of every three deaths in the U.S.

Every 40 seconds someone has a heart attack.

Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke.

Disease and premature death that affect people of all races can be linked to lifestyle choices. And, the more risk factors a person has the higher the likelihood of developing heart disease.

The risks of developing heart disease and premature death are increased by:

• Poor eating habits

• Excessive alcohol consumption

• Smoking

• High Cholesterol

• Hypertension (high blood pressure)

• Lack of physical activity

Studies have shown that African Americans are more likely to die from heart disease when compared to non-Hispanic whites.

Heart Disease was the leading cause of death in Brooklyn with 4,906 people dying from the disease or 186 per 100,000, according to 2014 statistics from the New York State Health Department. 

Stroke was the fifth leading cause of death in Brooklyn with 518 people dying from the disease or 20 per 100,000, according to 2014 statistics from the New York State Health Department. 

More than 90 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke.

The direct and indirect costs of stroke cardiovascular diseases and stroke are astronomical totaling an estimated $316 billion, according to national statistics.

As a community of physicians and health care providers, we all need to do our part to encourage our patients to maintain a healthy heart. 

Studies have shown that a simple regimen of exercising daily, eating a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains can reduce the risk of developing heart disease.  

The Brooklyn Hospital Center encourages you to schedule regular doctor visits, maintain a healthy diet and adopt a moderate lifestyle.

TBHC also encourages you to practice maintaining your healthy heart everyday and not just in the month of February. 

The Division of Cardiology at TBHC offers some of the most modern equipment available anywhere in the New York metropolitan area, including 3D echocardiography, web-based EKG, state-of-the-art stress lab, and an all-digital catheterization lab.

When it comes to Heart care there are few who do it better.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center, which has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a High Performing Hospital in Heart Failure; and awarded the Gold Plus Quality Achievement status for Stroke Care by the American Heart and American Stroke Associations.

Schedule your next healthy heart check up at TBHC. For more information, call: (718) 250-8000, or visit: 

Legislators Meet With TBHC's Leadership Team To Discuss 'Building Brooklyn’s Future'

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, legislators visited The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) to talk with Gary G. Terrinoni, President and Chief Executive Officer and other members of the hospital leadership team to talk about “Building Brooklyn’s Future”, plans for future growth, and potential hospital state funding.

Back in September, TBHC applied for the New York state health care facility transformation program grant.  The transformation grant approval means millions of dollars dedicated to updating hospital infrastructure, primarily addressing four projects and enabling TBHC to continue to serve Brooklyn’s medically underserved patient population.  

This major renovation will give residents improved access to local care, and meet the growing health care needs of neighborhoods undergoing tremendous demographic changes and the unprecedented growth in downtown, northern and central Brooklyn. 

The raising of the funds for TBHC’s future would include a much-needed expansion and upgrading of the Emergency Department services as well as the expansion of community –based physician practices and health centers.  

The Brooklyn Hospital Center sponsors Annual Employee BBQ

It was 7:30 am on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 and there was a buzz in the neighborhood around The Brooklyn Hospital Center. The parking lot adjacent to the hospital and Ashland was morphing into a beautiful picnic venue. Click here to read more.

Community, Corporate and Legislative Breakfast with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

On Monday morning, July 11, 2016, key Brooklyn thought leaders came together at Brooklyn Law School to hear from the host, TBHC’s President and   CEO Gary G. Terrinoni, and Congressman of the 8th District Hakeem Jeffries about healthcare in Brooklyn and the future plans of TBHC.

Mr. Terrinoni was presented with a proclamation from Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President’s office, Jeff Lowell, Policy Analyst, designating Monday, July 11, 2016 as “Good Neighbor” day. Click here to read more.



Community Service Day, Health Fairs, Speakers Bureau and More...

On June 30, 2016 TBHC held its fourth Community Service Day. TBHC staff collaborated with the Fort Greene Park Conservancy and local artist Mackenzie Younger to create a mural depicting the Civil War in the park. The mural is now hung on the fence between TBHC and the park on the northeast corner of the block for all to see. The staff of TBHC are pleased to support the Fort Greene Park Conservancy to highlight the importance of the park as a beautiful community resource and as a way to promote healthier living through exercise. TBHC connects with the community by supporting organizations such as Fort Greene Park Conservancy through sponsorships, participating in health fairs and providing an extensive listing of healthcare professionals who speak on a variety of health care topics.

View Community Outreach Events here

If you would like TBHC to participate in your health fair, download the Health Fair Request Form here

For more information regarding TBHC's Speakers Bureau, please click here.

Community Advisory Board

One of the ways that TBHC keeps connected to the community is through its Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB is a diverse group of individuals with strong ties to the community we serve. Each advisor has a keen understanding of how our hospital works. This knowledge enables us to tailor our programs and services so that TBHC targets the health care needs of residents in our neighborhoods.

TBHC's CAB members are committed to:

  • Assist in assessing and identifying the health needs of the community

  • Offer guidance in identifying local strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and potential threats to THBC

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with community leaders, community based organizations (CBOs), and civic groups to strengthen the hospital’s link to the community

  • Assist hospital administration in its community outreach efforts Organize community forums of mutual interest to TBHC and the community

  • Monitor TBHC’s patient satisfaction process to ensure that issues are addressed and resolved appropriately

  • Communicate how our community views TBHC

TBHC CAB Officers & Membership 2017-18

  • Kim Best, PHD, Chair
  • Earl Jones, Immediate Past Chair
  • Ms. Pearl Jones, Vice Chair
  • Ms. Deborah Benson, Secretary
  • Ms. Amanda de Geneste-Archer
  • Ms. Renee Collymore
  • Mr. Samuel Dunston
  • Ms. Fulvia Forbes
  • Loretta Patton-Greenidge, MD
  • Mr. Habib Joudeh
  • Julian Macrone
  • Natalie Mathurin, MD
  • Mohammad Sadique
  • Adrina Banks Martin
  • Mavis Veronica Yon


The Community Advisory Board of TBHC meets the third Tuesday of each month, except in July, August and December. If you are interested in becoming a CAB member, please contact TBHC today.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center
121 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Community Affairs

Gilda Caputo-Hansen, MBA, MPH , Director of Community Affairs | Tel: (718) 250-8344 | Email:

Sakibeh Mustafa, Community Outreach Coordinator | Tel: (718) 250-8391 | Email:

Community Service Plan

TBHC prepares a Community Service Plan (CSP) in accordance with New York State Public Health Law section 2803-1. The 2015 CSP reports on TBHC’s accomplishments and challenges in meeting the health care needs of the community, its pledge to provide care to all who need it, and its ongoing commitment to improve access to health care for the uninsured and underserved. Click here to view the executive summary.

 Community Outreach Forms