Long Island City, NY September 13, 2011 -
At its monthly meeting for September 2011, The Lions Club of Long Island City and Astoria resolved to partner with The Floating Hospital to raise funds for a proposed Community Van Service.
The proposed van will become part of the fleet currently being operated by The Floating Hospital. It will loop through Hunters Point, Dutch Kills, and Astoria and also be available on demand for special needs.
Included in the Community Van Service will be Queensbridge, Ravenswood, and Astoria Houses.
At its prior July meeting, the Lions Club had resolved to take an active role in increasing access to medical care for the rapidly growing Hunters Point community. The organization is hopeful to help establish an increased presence of medical care facilities by working with health care organization. The Community Van is the first project that the LIC Lions Club with undertake. It also plans to work with The Floating Hospital to establish an Opthalmic center at their LIC location.
At the invitation of the Lions Club, Suzanne Culhane, Director of Development, and Cynthia Davis, Director of Outreach and Board member of The Floating Hospital attended the Lions Club meeting in August to present to members and explore possible initiatives. [ See Queens Gazette article: Lions Club, The Floating Hospital Discuss Local Health Care. By Tom Cogan 8/17/2011 ]
Joshua Schipper, Pharmacist and owner of Vernon Blvd Pharmacy, who participated in the planning process in August with the Lions Club says "Vernon Blvd Pharmacy is excited to support The Floating Hospital in its efforts to bring more quality health care to Long Island City where this type of care is urgently needed."
The Lions Club of Long Island City and Astoria plans several fund raising projects; and, will seek member support as well as volunteers. Interested parties should contact Arthur Rosenfield (646-920-4652 / Arthur@CityEntree.com) or Marcel Veronneau, President, Lions Club of Long Island City and Astoria (718-786-9298 / email@example.com).
Press release from The Floating Hospital:
Lions Club of Long Island City and Astoria Partners with The Floating Hospital
The Lions Club of Long Island City and Astoria has partnered with The Floating Hospital to provide van service to its Community Health Center adjacent to Queensboro Plaza. The service will operate Mondays – Fridays with strategic pick-up locations within the greater Long Island City area. Sean T. Granahan, Esq., President of The Floating Hospital, notes that “access to comfortable, convenient and affordable transportation helps remove a major barrier to healthcare – especially for families with young children and seniors.” Long Island City has been designated a “Medically Underserved Area” by the Department of Health and Human Services. This partnership will enable the poorest residents of the community to receive the benefits of primary health care. “We are so thankful to the Lions for their enthusiasm in meeting this unique community need,” said Granahan. “This is a wonderful first step in enhancing healthcare for LIC residents. We hope to find new ways of partnering in the future, particularly in the area of Vision, a long-standing commitment of the Lions Club International,” said Marcel Veronneau, Lions chapter President. Veronneau, CEO of Industrial Management & Training, and Arthur Rosenfield of OurLIC.com are spearheading this initiative on behalf of the Lions.
With over 45,000 clubs and 1.35 million members, the Lions Club is the world’s largest service club organization. Local chapters are dedicated to “doing good” by serving the unique needs of the community with unmatched integrity and energy. The Floating Hospital has been serving as Family Doctor to NYC’s neediest since 1866. The organization currently provides over 85,000 patient visits annually via a network of 12 clinics throughout the boroughs.
Contact: Suzanne M. Culhane
The Floating Hospital
718-784-2240 Ext. 220
For More Information, please contacr:
Suzanne M. Culhane
Director of Development
The Floating Hospital
41-40 27th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
P: 718-784-2240 x 220
Serving as Family Doctor to NYC's Neediest Since 1866
Lions Club and The Floating Hospital planned 'Community Van Service' to serve medical care needs of residents of Hunters Point, Dutch Kills, and Astoria.