Brooklyn

$16M Upgrade Coming To Kings County Hospital’s NICU, BP Says

BROOKLYN, NY — A virtually $16 million improve on the best way to Kings County Hospital has grow to be the final multi-million-dollar project in Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso’s plan to enhance maternal healthcare within the borough.

The borough president gave $15.63 million this week to the NYC Health + Hospitals Kings County facility to improve their new child intensive care unit and mother-baby models, he introduced Thursday.

The test is the final of three Reynoso has given out this year after asserting he would give all $45 million of his capital funding this year to enhancing maternal healthcare and cut back maternal mortality charges of Black pregnant individuals.

Studies present that Black pregnant persons are 9.4 instances extra more likely to die as a result of childbirth issues than their white counterparts, the borough president stated.

“Environment is critical to ensure a birthing person, their support system, and their care team have not just the necessary space but the proper surroundings to make someone feel at ease, and triage any life-threatening situation,” Reynoso stated of the upcoming enhancements.

The funding will assist renovate and rework a 22,500 square-foot space at Kings County that homes its NICU and mother-baby models, in keeping with the BP’s office. The renovations will embody making the affected person rooms single-occupancy for privateness and make them each extra family-friendly areas.

The borough president’s capital funding plan has additionally included $18 million at Coney Island Hospital and an $11 million new birthing heart at Woodhull Hospital, which made headlines in 2020 when a Black pregnant girl died throughout routine checks.

The hospital upgrades come after Reynoso created a Maternal Health Taskforce earlier this year. He stated this week that this administration will even work on supporting outpatient providers, social providers, medical insurance entry and different underlying points confronted by individuals of colour.

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