Brownsville Community Development Corporation
Special Projects Fund
November 2009 – October 2012
The Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center (BMS), established by Brownsville Community Development Corporation (BCDC), serves residents of central Brooklyn with high rates of poverty and chronic diseases.
From 2003 to 2007, three local hospitals, one federally qualified health center (FQHC), and more than sixteen community satellite clinics in Brooklyn closed. Facing the prospect of closing its primary care clinics, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), which is located in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, engaged BMS about transferring its primary care clinics to the auspice of BMS. BMS, a community-based FQHC, hoped to use its favorable Medicaid reimbursement rates and lower professional liability insurance costs to ensure that the primary care clinics operated more cost-effectively and achieved financial sustainability.
In 2009, the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) awarded BCDC a grant to assist in the quick and seamless transfer of LICH’s primary care clinics to the jurisdiction of BMS.