representing Simone Healthcare Development Group
An artist’s rendering of the completed Montefiore Riverdale medical center, expected to open summer 2015.
The poor get poorer and the rich get more health care.
Montefiore Medical Center is poised to open a mega-clinic in wealthy Riverdale, making medical care more convenient to the well heeled even as urban hospitals close throughout the city.
The Bronx-based medical organization with hospitals and clinics throughout the borough, will build an 11-story, 93,000-square-foot outpatient clinic on Riverdale Ave. near West 238th St. — an area currently devoid of hospitals.
“Health care is moving from being hospital-centric to patient-centric,” said Simeon Schwartz, chairman and CEO of WESTMED, a consulting firm that is partnering with Montefiore. “As you move business out of the hospital to these sites, patients immediately recognize the convenience.”
The center, known as a polyclinic because it includes urgent care, primary care and many specialty services, will offer a streamlined medical experience, according to Schwartz.
“If you come in in the morning and have an abnormal mammogram, you’ll see a breast surgeon that day, you’ll get a biopsy that day and get a result the next day. Normally that takes weeks.”
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Montefiore provides medical services throughout the Bronx, including serving as the university hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Montefiore did not make its officials available on Thursday, but Andrew Racine, chief medical officer previously told the Riverdale Press that the decision to build the Riverdale complex was made to best address the needs of the Bronx.
“When we think about the needs of the borough, we scour around to see areas that we think are relatively underserved and that we think we can be helpful in,” Racine said. “Riverdale was one of those (areas) that we have been thinking about for some time.”
Despite the appearance of rushing to serve a more affluent area, Schwartz said Montefiore has been consistent in addressing the needs of the greater Bronx community, and this center will be of great service to less prosperous communities in the surrounding areas, offering Medicare and Medicaid services as well.
“Yes, Riverdale is one of the most affluent neighborhoods of the Bronx, but adjacent to this neighborhood are communities that are indigent,” Schwartz said. “They can get there by train, bus or taxi. The center may be in Riverdale, but it is meant to serve the community of the Bronx.”
Construction will begin in November and the facility is set to open in mid-2015.
The Montefiore construction comes as urban hospitals are shuttering rapidly. The list includes Victory Memorial in Brooklyn and St. Vincent’s and North General Hospital in Manhattan. Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn is also about to close.