KCH gets nearly $5M for expanded medical care

Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, a long-time advocate for health, on Friday presented King’s County Hospital (KCH) with a $4,912,000 check for expanded medical treatment.

Eugene, who represents the 40th Council District that encompasses KCH, said health will always be a top priority for him, adding: “This multimillion-dollar allocation will help ensure that millions of New Yorkers can continue to receive phenomenal care right here in Brooklyn.

“On behalf of the New York City Council and the residents of Brooklyn, I’m proud to present a check of $4,912,000 to King’s County Hospital,” said Eugene at the handing-over ceremony. “All New Yorkers deserve quality care, and I’m pleased to be your advocate for health.

“It is our moral obligation to make sure that our men, women, children, and senior citizens receive the care they are entitled to, and I will continue to support important health initiatives,” the council member continued.

Eugene said he had previously allocated funding for a variety of health projects. In December, he celebrated the ribbon-cutting ceremony at KCH for the new Linear Accelerator (LINAC), a state-of-the-art machine that provides radiation therapy for cancer patients by destroying cancerous cells while leaving healthy tissue intact.

He had also allocated funds to support nearby SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Advanced Biotechnology Incubator and recently celebrated its completion, “which helps guarantee that Brooklyn will be a leader in the bio-tech industry.”

In addition to allocating funds to help ensure quality care for New Yorkers, Eugene said he is also working on legislation that will raise awareness about dangerous health ailments impacting residents.

In February, Eugene introduced Res 0978, which recognizes the first week of every February as Heart Disease Awareness Week in New York City.

He said this was “especially crucial because heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the [Atlanta, Ga-based] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Eugene has also introduced Res 0162, which declares the first Tuesday in May as World Asthma Day in New York City, and Res 0254, which declares the fourth Wednesday in May as Stroke Awareness Day in New York City.

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