In News, World Trade Center Health Program

The WTC Health Program opened a new Clinical Center of Excellence for 9/11 responders at Stony Brook University Hospital located at 500 Commack Road, Suite 204, Commack, NY 11725. Stony Brook has named their WTC Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence “the WTC Wellness Program.” The clinic serves over 10,000 9/11 responders. Stony Brook serves 9/11 responders at another Clinical Center of Excellence located at 173 Mineola Blvd., Suite 302, Mineola, NY 11501.

In April 2017, Stony Brook received a $60 million federal contract award from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to treat 9/11 responders. In announcing the award, Dr. Benjamin Luft, the Edmund D. Pellegrino professor in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine and the director of the program said “This award is a remarkable commitment by NIOSH that enables us to help 9/11 responders who have multiple healthcare needs at every level, from their physical and mental health problems to monitoring the long-term effects yet to surface from exposures at Ground Zero.”

The president of Stony Brook University, Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., commented “Stony Brook’s WTC Wellness Program has helped turn the tragedy of 9/11 for our courageous responders into a beacon of hope with healthcare experts and resources that make a real difference in their lives and well-being,” he said. “This transformational grant will help to expand services for this important patient population and is a testament to the program’s long-term commitment and impact in caring for them.”

Stony Brook held a grand opening ceremony on November 28, 2017. Dr. Benjamin Luft honored former Deputy Director K. Melodie Guerrera, who recently announced her retirement after sixteen years of service. Dr. Luft said “Establishing a clinic from nothing requires absolute conviction that you’re doing the right thing,” he said, describing Guerrera as the right person for the job of shepherding the program’s growth. Thank you, Melodie. You have done an extraordinary job and leave a rich legacy. Many thousands of responders are better off as a result of your efforts.”

Although the new clinic serves only 9/11 responders, the WTC Health Program is open to anyone who was exposed to 9/11 toxins in Lower Manhattan, the Fresh Kills Landfill, garages where vehicles were cleaned, or along debris removal routes on and after September 11, 2001. This includes area workers, residents, and students.

Individuals eligible for the WTC Health Program may also be eligible for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF or 9/11 VCF). Both programs were established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The 9/11 VCF provides tax-free compensation for individuals who have suffered from a 9/11-related condition. 9/11 related conditions include almost every cancer, respiratory illnesses, aerodigestive disorders, and interstitial lung disease (such as asbestosis, silicosis, and sarcoidosis).

WTC Health Program Clinical Centers of Excellence for 9/11 responders are available at the following locations:

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Two Locations

New York University School of Medicine
Department of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
NYU Langone Health
530 First Avenue, Suite 5B (Green Pathway, Schwartz East Elevators)
New York, NY 10016
(Exams also conducted in Spanish)

Northwell Health
97-77 Queens Blvd, 9th Floor
Rego Park, NY 11374
(Exams also conducted in Spanish)

State University of New York, Stony Brook 

Two Locations

Rutgers University 
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute
170 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

WTC Health Program monitoring and treatment is available for Fire Department of New York (FDNY) 9/11 Responders at the following locations:

FDNY Headquarters
9 Metro Tech Center
Brooklyn, NY

Brentwood (Mental Health Services Only)
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717

Commack (Physical Health Services Only)
66 Commack Rd Suite 200
Commack, NY 11725

Fort Totten
Fort Totten, Building 413B
Bayside, NY 11359

Manhattan (Mental Health Services Only)
251 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10012

Middletown, Orange County
2279 Goshen Turnpike
Middletown, NY 10941

Staten Island
1688 Victory Boulevard, Suite 101A
Staten Island, NY 10314

WTC Health Program Clinical Centers of Excellence for 9/11 Survivors (area workers, residents, students, visitors, etc.) are located at:

Bellevue Hospital Center
462 First Ave (27th St.)
New York, NY 10016

Gouverneur Healthcare Services
227 Madison St (Clinton St.)
New York, NY 10002

Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway (79th St.)
Elmhurst, NY 11373

Victims of 9/11 toxins exposure who reside outside the New York City metropolitan area can visit clinics that are apart of the Nationwide Provider Network. The WTC Health Program Nationwide Provider Network is administered by Logistics Health, Inc.

For more information about the WTC Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, contact Pitta & Baione LLP at 844-WTC-COMP or info@pittabaione.com.

 

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