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Ribbon Cuttings
Top: TBHC President and CEO Gary Terrinoni, City Councilmember Crystal Hudson, CEO and Chairman of the Board of New York Cancer & Blood Specialists Dr. Jeffrey Vacirca, Dr. Asha Nayak, who gave a gift toward the infusion unit which now bears her name, TBHC Board Chair Lizanne Fontaine, Red Apple Group EVP and Chief Investment Officer John Catsimatidis, Jr., and Board Trustee and Event Chair Shri Madhusudhan all help cut the ribbon to the newly completed Brooklyn Cancer Center and the Dr. Asha Nayak Infusion Suite. Bottom: Board Trustee Earl Weiner, Board Chair Lizanne Fontaine, Board Trustee and Event Chair Shri Madhusudhan, generous donor Charles Hamm, TBHC President and CEO Gary Terrinoni, generous donor Irene Hamm, Board Trustee Bernard Drayton, and Board Trustee Adrina Banks-Martin all help cut the ribbon to the newly completed Emergency Department (ED) renovation and the newly named Frank Coleman Hamm, MD, entrance.
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    DOUBLE-Ribbon Opening for The Brooklyn Hospital Center Emergency Room and Cancer Center Completions

    October 4, 2022

    On October 3, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) hosted a double-ribbon ceremony for two landmark achievements: the completion of a multi-year, multi-million dollar Emergency Room Renovation and the opening of The Brooklyn Cancer Center (TBCC), a partnership between New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS), one of the leading oncology practices in the nation and TBHC. The ED is located at the hospital at 121 DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Cancer Center is located at 86 Fleet Place, also in Fort Greene. Both locations border the busy Downtown Brooklyn district.

    The ribbon cutting for the Emergency Room renovation featured poignant remarks from Charles and Irene Hamm, in honor of Charles’ late father, Dr. Frank Coleman Hamm, a former TBHC Chair of Urology. The Hamm’s gave a generous gift and the new Emergency Room entrance bears Dr. Hamm’s name.

    “The renovations began three years ago and were completed this summer. This completion marks a promise kept to the community — a better-looking ED environment that functions better, too, and is more patient-friendly,” said Gary G. Terrinoni, President and CEO of TBHC.

    Over at The Brooklyn Cancer Center, the second ribbon ceremony celebrated the opening of this brand-new facility that provides expert care and culturally sensitive services for patients. John A. Catsimatidis, Jr., EVP & Chief Investment Officer, Red Apple Group, and Crystal Hudson, City Council Member, were among those in attendance at the event.

    Ms. Hudson pointed out that there are five NYC Housing Authority complexes in the Cancer Center’s catchment area and how important it was that they—and all the borough’s citizens--now have access to top care without having to travel outside Brooklyn. 

    “Since we’ve started accepting patients, we’ve seen a 25% increase in patient volume,” said Jeff Vacirca, MD, CEO of NYCBS. “At this state-of-the-art facility, The Brooklyn Cancer Center offers the entire continuum of cancer care to our patients, from medical and radiation oncology, to surgical consults, palliative care, support services and access to clinical trials.”

    The Cancer Center event also honored Dr. Asha Nayak, a long-time (now retired) TBHC hematologist/oncologist, who gave a generous gift to support the site’s infusion suite. That area is named for Dr. Nayak in thanks. “I give this in honor of my patients,” she said.

    For more information about TBHC and its ED, visit To make a doctor’s appointment, call 1-833-TBHC-NOW (1-833-824-2669).

    To make an appointment at The Brooklyn Cancer Center, please call (718) 732-4080. For more information, visit