Until today, there was no public memorial to recognize the more than 100,000 men, women and children in New York City lost to the AIDS epidemic and no recognition for the heroic efforts of caregivers and activists who helped change the trajectory of this disease. That all changed this morning, World AIDS Day 2016.
“Lenox Hill Hospital is honored to play a role in the creation of this historic tribute. The hospital is a proud sponsor and supporter of the memorial,” said Eric Cruzen, MD, chairman of Lenox Health Greenwich Village’s Emergency Department who also serves on the Memorial’s Board of Directors.
The newly opened New York City AIDS Memorial was publically dedicated today, on World AIDS Day, in the park adjacent to Lenox Health Greenwich Village – our state-of-the-art medical complex and home of Manhattan’s first and only freestanding Emergency Center.
“We were aware of the hardships that the community had to endure due to the closure of St. Vincent’s Hospital and we wanted to do our best to address the healthcare needs of the West Village,” said Alex Hellinger, Executive Director of Lenox Health Greenwich Village.
In addition to The New York City AIDS Memorial, Lenox Health Greenwich Village has formed partnerships with organizations that are integral to life within the West Village including, The LGBT Community Center which serves about 6,000 people a week. Staff at The LGBT Center are able to walk their visitors just a few steps away for care at Lenox Health Greenwich Village, creating less disruption for the patient.
Lenox Hill Hospital was also one of 11 Northwell Health Hospitals named in 2016 as "Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The hospital earned top marks for patient non-discrimination; equality of family visitation; employment non-discrimination and training in LGBT patient-centered care.
Lenox Hill Hospital is also a New York State designated AIDS center program.