On Friday, local elected officials celebrated the announcement with hospital staff, which hosted a walkthrough of the space. The groundbreaking is expected to take place next month, with an anticipated completion date of November.
“Women’s health needs to be prioritized more in our hospitals,” Salazar said. “It is my honor to bring this grant funding to Woodhull as they lead the fight to improve maternal health outcomes, and to provide resources and care for our families.”
The Women’s Health Pavilion provides services like high-risk prenatal care, general gynecological care, postpartum care, family planning and reproductive services, free pregnancy testing and more.
According to Salazar, who chairs the State Senate’s Committee on Women’s Issues, maternal mortality rates are almost three times higher for Black mothers than they are for others. She said centers such as the Women’s Health Pavilion will help lower those rates and racial disparities.
“Our goal is to ensure that every member of our community, regardless of race, gender or sexual preference, will have access to resources that will help to promote good health in our communities,” she said.
Councilman Antonio Reynoso said that Woodhull holds a “special place in my heart” because it is where both of his children were born.
“My wife and I trusted the staff at Woodhull Hospital with the birth of our children because we know that the care offered by the hospital’s midwifery team is unparalleled,” he said. “I am delighted that Woodhull will now be able to expand and improve its facilities and the services that they offer to women and families.”
Hospital CEO Gregory Calliste said the Women’s Health Pavilion will provide comprehensive OBS/GYN health care services to the families of north Brooklyn.
“We are grateful to Senator Salazar for this generous contribution of $3.5 million to renovate and upgrade the Women’s Health Pavilion in order to improve the environment and services offered to our patients,” Calliste said.