From Flu Tests to CPR, Urgent Care Center Looks to Connect

Read article on The Main Street Wire Steven Simanowitz, new manager and community liaison for Roosevelt Island’s Urgent Care Center, located at 520 Main Street, is on a mission to make the center a more integral part of the community. “We don’t want to be another business here. We want to be part of everything that goes on,” says Simanowitz. “We want to be here for the Island, whatever the needs may be, around health, prevention, and illness.” At the moment, says Simanowitz, a large number of patients who come in to the center are there for flu symptoms. “We definitely have seen a large uptick in flu cases this season, compared to previous years. There is an epidemic right now all throughout the country.” According to the New York Department of Health, more than 7,000 people statewide have been hospitalized for flu symptoms this season, most of them within the last month. More than 4,000 of those cases were seniors. Simanowitz advises Islanders, “When you start feeling any flu-like symptoms – whether fever, chills, runny nose, body aches, fatigue, nausea, or vomiting – come in right away to get checked out.” But Simanowitz says his group also believes strongly in preventative care and envisions a deeper connection with the Island. For example, the group has been working with Roosevelt Island Residents’ Association representative Sharon Williams, who offers hands-free CPR training, donating an infant dummy for training. “We are planning on doing all types of courses in conjunction with [RIRA],” says brand manager Yaakov Landau. Simanowitz is seeking input from the community as to what other needs there are....

New Urgent Care Center Coming to Boro Park!

Read article on Boro Park 24 Kamin Health is opening a new urgent care at 4502 13th avenue. The office will be in the beautiful modern office building that is being completed on the corner of 13th Avenue and 45th Street. The center will treat adults and kids and will have on-site labs and x-rays. Most insurances will be accepted and walk-ins will be...

Just Walk In – Urgent Care

Read article on Roosevelt Island Daily Your child spikes a fever on Saturday afternoon. Abdominal pain prevents you from sleeping. You cut your finger preparing lunch. Or maybe, you can only spare time on Sunday for that flu shot. Amplified by life in an isolated community, these are a few of the many ways we can benefit from using our new neighbor Roosevelt Island Urgent Care. Where Does Urgent Care Fit In? According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all people who go to emergency rooms go there, not because of a life threatening situation, but just because their doctor’s office is not open. But “we care for most sick patients and can prevent unnecessary visits to the emergency room,” RIUC’s medical director says. “It is my hope that this new service will provide quality and timely care for residents.” The American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine puts it simply: “Urgent care does not replace your primary care physician. An urgent care center is a convenient option when someone’s regular physician is on vacation or unable to offer a timely appointment. Or, when illness strikes outside of regular office hours, urgent care offers an alternative to waiting for hours in a hospital Emergency Room.” These values are increased by easy access to Urgent Care in an isolated community like ours. At 520 Main Street, directly across from Rivercross, RIUC is an easy five minute walk or free bus ride for almost any resident. Our abundant play spaces, our large number of children and limited availability of medical facilities combine to heighten RIUC’s value. Why Come To...

Sen. Hamilton Partners with Crown Heights Health Center for Free Lead Testing

Read article on BK Reader With the recent revelations about NYCHA’s failure to conduct thousands of lead paint inspections, Senator Jesse Hamilton announced a partnership with Kamin Health Urgent Care in Crown Heights to offer free lead testing for children throughout the month of January. “It is critically important to take action against lead poisoning on the ground in our neighborhoods and through legislation in Albany,” said Hamilton in a statement. As health experts report: No known level of lead exposure is considered safe. Lead produces a variety of injuries to which children are particularly susceptible as they are still developing. Early exposure to lead can impact children in irreversible ways including harming school performance and changing behavior with serious, lifelong consequences. In December, Hamilton introduced legislation that would require young children entering New York City schools to be tested for lead exposure. Additionally, the senator’s proposed bill would require the school district to publish materials to explain the lead testing process, what the results mean and how parents can get help for a child with elevated blood lead levels. “Given the seriousness of this problem, we need to unite as a community to ensure that all of our children are safe,” Hamilton concluded. Concerned parents, who would like to have their children tested for lead poisoning, can visit the Kamin Urgent Care center, located at 555 Lefferts Avenue, during the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm; Saturday: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Sunday: 9:00 am t0 10:00 pm. For more information, please call (718)...

Children being offered free lead testing following failed NYCHA inspections

Read article on ABC 7 News CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) — Children in Brooklyn are being offered free lead testing in response to NYCHA’s failure to conduct thousands of lead paint inspections. State Senator Jesse Hamilton says every child under the age of six should be tested for lead poisoning, which can only be detected through a blood test. For the rest of December and all of January, parents can take their children to Kamin Health – Crown Heights Urgent Care. It is located at 555 Lefferts Avenue. The office is open between 4-11 p.m. on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sundays and from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on...

NYCHA lead paint scandal leads to free testing for children in Brooklyn by Sen. Hamilton

Read article at AM New York A state senator from Brooklyn is offering free lead testing for children following revelations that the New York City Housing Authority failed to conduct thousands of inspections and then filed false paperwork with the federal government claiming compliance. “Like every New Yorker, every NYCHA resident deserves safe housing,” Sen. Jesse Hamilton said on Wednesday. “Every child growing up in NYCHA housing deserves to be free from hazardous lead that can negatively impact their growth and development.” Lead poisoning can affect the development of the brain and nervous system, and it’s possible that a child won’t show any symptoms, according to Hamilton. The only way to find out if they are sick is through a blood test. For the rest of December and all of January, parents can take their children to Kāamin Health – Crown Heights Urgent Care, located at 555 Lefferts Ave., for a free test. The office is open between 4-11 p.m. on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sundays and from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekdays. Hamilton suggested that every child under 6 should be tested for lead poisoning, especially if they live in a house or apartment that was built before 1978. Lead testing has been on the minds of many parents since a city Department of Investigation report released in November detailed how NYCHA had not conducted the federally mandated inspections for about 55,000 apartments beginning in 2013, but continued to file documentation to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development claiming the inspections were done. At a special City Council hearing on Tuesday, NYCHA chairwoman Shola Olatoye...