April 8, 2014

Field Notes: NYC’s Health and Hospital Corporation

 By Esteban Reichberg, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow

The current Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows share their ideas, inspirations and photos from the field on our blog. Learn more about the Fellowship.

I always seem to miss Mardi Gras, but perhaps that's for the best. This year's parade was delayed for almost an hour when a child was struck by a float. The responding officer who slipped and broke his leg was also rushed to the hospital, as were both of the men who fell off another float and incurred serious head injuries. While these Fat Tuesday 'celebrations' were transpiring, the current Enterprise Rose Architecture Fellows were celebrating, without injury, a long-anticipated reunion in Greenwood, Mississippi.

Over blackened catfish and bread pudding we discussed the growth of Greenwood's industry, housing, and healthcare with local officials. The complexities of urban development, as well as the issues raised by last year's proposed sale of Greenwood Leflore Hospital, all sounded very familiar. Greenwood Leflore hospital, like Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, is public. But unlike Kings County Hospital, Greenwood Leflore is not owned and operated by a public benefit corporation like New York City’s Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC). HHC operates all of NYC’s public hospitals (11 total) in addition to several nursing homes and treatment centers. With over 6.7 Billion in annual revenue, HHC is the largest municipal healthcare system in the country.

Last week CAMBA Housing Ventures (CHV) received the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s “Project of the Year” Award for CAMBA Gardens (CG), a 209-unit affordable and supportive LEED Platinum housing development on Kings County Hospital’s Campus. CG was the product of CHV’s first partnership with HHC. CAMBA Garden’s success is quickly becoming a national model for transforming underutilized urban healthcare resources. This HHC and CHV partnership will continue to produce much-needed award-winning supportive housing as CAMBA Gardens Phase II begins to come online. Today’s productive partnerships between quasi-public entities (HHC) and not-for-profit organizations (CAMBA) benefit from both incentive-driven efficacy and subsidized capacity. By blending public and private approaches, cities are elevating the quality and quantity of their affordable and supportive housing stock.


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