Westchester, NY–Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources has awarded a $109,704 federal grant to St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers. The funding is for the hospital’s Ryan White Part C Outpatient Early Intervention Services Program, which provides HIV care and treatment services to the Yonkers community.
“I am pleased these federal dollars have once again been allocated to Riverside,” Engel shares with Black Westchester. “This is an issue that is particularly important to me, as I have long supported the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program and have continually fought to keep it strong for New Yorkers who depend on it. That program has shepherded tremendous progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and the effort put forth every day at St. John’s Riverside Hospital has helped make that progress possible. I applaud them for the wonderful work they’re doing for some of our most vulnerable Yonkers residents.”
“St. John’s Riverside Hospital is pleased to receive the renewal of the Ryan White Part C Early Intervention Services grant. This grant keeps our Yonkers’ community strong by allowing us to provide crucial medical services to more than 350 uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV. It supports essential primary care, mental health, oral health, nutrition, and case management services all of which link with New York State’s priority goal of ending the HIV epidemic in our state,” said Kay Scott, PhD, LCSW-R, CASAC, Assistant Vice President of the DSRIP & HOPE Center at St. John’s Riverside Hospital.
About St. John’s Riverside Hospital: St. John’s Riverside Hospital opened its doors as Westchester’s first hospital in 1869. At that time, approximately 14,000 residents called Yonkers their home when a small, dedicated committee of women from St. John’s Episcopal Church opened the St. John’s Invalid Home on Warburton and Ashburton Avenues to care for the poor of the parish in their time of sickness and misfortune. Officially incorporated as a charitable institution in early 1870, St. John’s became the first hospital in Westchester County.
Demand increased quickly and the fledgling institution responded. Later, in 1870, St. John’s moved to the Grove House on Woodworth Avenue and Locust Street to accommodate 30 beds. In 1894, William and Eva Cochran donated buildings on Ashburton Avenue, from Palisade Avenue to North Broadway and further increased the capacity to 100 beds. What is today the oldest nursing school in the county, the Cochran School of Nursing, was established simultaneously.
In 1994, St. John’s Riverside Hospital affiliated with Yonkers General Hospital, officially merged in 2001 and is now known as the ParkCare Pavilion. We renovated the existing building and constructed the ParkCare Health Center, which is an outpatient primary and specialty care center. The Behavioral Health Services department, Westchester’s largest provider of alcoholism and substance abuse services is also head-quartered at the ParkCare Pavilion.
Also in 2001, we opened the Michael N. Malotz Skilled Nursing Pavilion, a 120-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility that additionally accommodates ventilator patients. Construction of the nursing home began in 1999 after a long-focused effort of working with our community leaders, environmental groups and the City of Yonkers.