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Community Affairs

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

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: 


“Building Brooklyn’s Future”
Legislative Breakfast

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 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


  • Ms. Amanda de Geneste-Archer
  • Ms. Deborah Benson, Secretary
  • Kim Best, PhD, Vice Chair
  • Ms. Renee Collymore
  • Mr. Samuel Dunston
  • Ms. Fulvia Forbes
  • Loretta Patton-Greenidge, MD
  • Rev. Earl Jones, Chair
  • Ms. Pearl Jones, Vice Chair
  • Mr. Habib Joudeh
  • Natalie Mathurin, MD
  • Mohammad Sadique
  • Adrina Banks Martin
  • Mavis Veronica Yon
  • Gary Terrinoni, TBHC CEO and President


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 Community Advisory Board of TBHC

Gilda Caputo-Hansen, MBA, MPH , Director, Community Affairs

Sakibeh Mustafa, Community Outreach Coordinator

The Brooklyn Hospital Center
121 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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: