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Elected officials, community representatives and government officials joined the leadership of The William F. Ryan Community Health Network to formally open the Ryan/Frederick Douglass Community Health Center at 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the heart of Harlem. The Center, funded in part by a grant from the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Community Health Center Expansion Program, as well as through the Health Infrastructure Investment Program from the federal Health and Human Services’ HRSA division, offers high-quality primary health care and support services to medically underserved members of the Harlem community and beyond.
“This is a momentous occasion, not just for Ryan’s staff and leadership, but for the communities we have pledged to serve,” said Brian McIndoe, MPA, president and CEO of the Ryan Network. “Our guiding principle has always been that health care is a right, not a privilege, and the Ryan/Frederick Douglass Health Center will allow us to better carry out that mission.”
Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were longtime member of Congress Charles B. Rangel; Shahriar Khan, director of the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Community Health Center Expansion Program; Noel Manyindo, M.D., assistant commissioner for the Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; New York State Sen. Bill Perkins; New York State Assembly Member Keith Wright; New York City Council Member Inez Dickens; McIndoe, president and CEO of the William F. Ryan Community Health Network; and E. Ronald Guy, board chair for the William F. Ryan Community Health Center.
“Every New Yorker deserves high-quality health care access in the neighborhood they call home,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “The New York City Economic Development Corporation is proud to support this goal through our Community Health Center Expansion Program, which provides much needed funding for accessible health care options in communities most in need of these critical services. The new Ryan/Frederick Douglass Community Health Center will serve thousands of Harlem residents—regardless of their ability to pay—ensuring better health outcomes and better quality of life.”
The Ryan/Frederick Douglass Health Center joins the Ryan/Adair Community Health Center as the Network’s two locations in Harlem. The other Ryan locations serve the Upper West Side (Ryan Women and Children’s Center and the William F. Ryan Community Health Center); the Lower East Side (Ryan-NENA Community Health Center); and Midtown Manhattan (Ryan Chelsea/Clinton Community Health Center).
“Our continued growth is a testament to the value we provide to the communities we serve,” said Charles Shorter, executive director of the Ryan/Frederick Douglass and Ryan/Adair Community Health Centers. “We remain committed to delivering world-class medical care to our neighbors, regardless of their ability to pay.”
The William F. Ryan Community Health Network is a Federally Qualified Health Center that has provided high quality, affordable, culturally and linguistically competent, primary, preventive, specialty health care and support services to diverse and underserved communities for almost 50 years. Today, the six Health Centers, six school-based health centers, five Community Outreach Centers and the mobile van, which together comprise the William F. Ryan Community Health Network, share a common mission, supported by the founding principle that health care is a right, not a privilege. The organization is nationally recognized for its history of responsive and successful community-wide programming and impressive proficiency in the area of service expansion and community collaboration.