Hakeem Jeffries Delivers Rousing Speech at TBHC Legislative Luncheon
On Friday, May 11, 2018, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) honored Hakeem Jeffries, US Congressman, 8th Congressional District, along with other community leaders. Rep. Jeffries (shown here with TBHC VP of External Affairs Leroy Charles and TBHC President and CEO Gary G. Terrinoni) gave a rousing speech, calling the hospital “a treasured Brooklyn institution,” and maintaining that he was optimistic “even in the midst of the storm.” He added all of Brooklyn and its leaders must “dismiss doubters and keep marching toward your dream.”
Rep. Jeffries was presented with the President’s Award by Mr. Terrinoni, who thanked the Congressman for his friendship to the hospital. As TBHC navigates a landscape that is dominated by big healthcare systems that are often removed from the small communities they serve, Mr. Terrinoni noted that TBHC recently earned the highest patient safety grade in Brooklyn and the second highest in all of New York City, from the Leapfrog Group. Mr. Terrinoni said the achievement proved that a hospital can be “a safety net hospital and still focus on the right things.”
Upon receiving the award, Rep Jeffries said that he would show the award to his mother since he was born at TBHC. “I’ll tell her thank you for taking me to The Brooklyn Hospital Center and look what has occurred!” he said.
Other community leaders honored at the event, which took place at the Brooklyn Law School, included: Officer Christopher Kinney and Detective Andrene Seargeant, both from the 88th Precinct, for the Good Neighbor Award; National Grid for the Corporate Service Award; Amanda DeGeneste Archer, Founder of the Sonny Archer Law Enforcement Foundation, for the Community Service Award; Andrew Hoan, departing CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, for the Good Citizen Award; and Drew Gabriel, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Brooklyn regional representative, for the President’s Award.
The annual event brings elected officials and community and corporate leaders together with hospital leaders to forge bonds that allow all parties to continue Keeping Brooklyn Healthy.