Petition to Stop Closure of Family Health Center:

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#HandsOffFHC #SaveFHC #PatientsBeforeProfit

We are a team of individuals, local community members, group organization associates, healthcare college students, residents, and attending doctors.

Join us as we demand from customers the following from Montefiore:

  1. Devote NOT divest: Extend clinics – no closure or displacement of nearby facilities.
  2. Transparency: Halt any options that advance the closure or relocation of any neighborhood clinic – any choices about Family Health and fitness Centre Have to entail local community users.
  3. Meet up with with people, community users, and allies, immediately.

We share our collective disappointment and anger at Montefiore’s selection to close the Spouse and children Wellness Centre (FHC) at 1 Fordham Plaza, while relocating the sufferers and suppliers to the Williamsbridge Spouse and children Apply clinic. Williamsbridge is 2.5 miles from Fordham – this severely impacts accessibility for patients, specifically people who are elderly, prenatal females, and mothers with younger young children. Closing FHC also suggests decline of very important overall health courses that have been catered to the community as perfectly as likely overcapacity at Williamsbridge, foremost to workers layoffs. Loved ones Wellbeing Heart has been in the group for over 30 several years, establishing indispensable provider and client associations that have formed in excess of a long time. Closure of FHC will disrupt these services, catastrophic for the properly-remaining of the entire group.

We connect with on the Montefiore leadership to honor their mission statement and motivation, and need they hold the Family members Wellness Heart open up, preserving present-day patients and vendors interactions.


FHC is a federally experienced overall health heart that has offered a special and essential assistance for the local Bronx group for many years. These expert services involve major treatment for all ages, prenatal treatment, extensive reproductive products and services, procedural solutions, psychological health care, and a lot of more. FHC also provides guidance and treatment for systemically marginalized populations in the Bronx, like men and women residing with HIV, persons dealing with material use disorders, those of transgender experience, and those people who are uninsured or underinsured.


Closing FHC will have a catastrophic impact on the health and nicely-remaining of the regional neighborhood. It would exacerbate wellness disparities in communities that Montefiore statements to provide. Montefiore’s mission assertion statements to be “committed to providing access to important packages and remarkable care to all clients irrespective of social or economic position, ethnicity, creed, gender, and sexual orientation,” whilst the Bronx has the 2nd cheapest existence expectancy in NYS and has been ranked the the very least healthful county in New York (Most affordable %-25%) constantly for in excess of 10 decades.


The choice to near FHC and replace the clinic with a different clinic that does not give the exact same expert services was performed with out any involvement of companies, employees, people, nor the communities the Family members Wellbeing Centre serves. This harkens back to an era of paternalism and racism in healthcare, and the record of wellness centers generating income off small-cash flow marginalized communities and abandoning them when it becomes politically and monetarily possible.

Even further highlighting this inequity is a modern posting for doctors to apply to a Montefiore “Executive Medicine” concierge clinic in a “new state of the art 10,000 sq ft building” in Manhattan. We cannot enable but sense confused as to how this will build on Montefiore’s motivation to wellness fairness in the Bronx and question the integrity of the assertion.


On a neighborhood level, FHC provides important mental health expert services, exclusively to the predominant Southeast Asian refugee population targeted in the Fordham region. If Montefiore chooses to carry on with the prepared FHC closure and forced affected individual relocation prepare, 1000’s of sufferers will develop into disenfranchised, getting rid of essential health treatment expert services and guidance at a time when accessibility to health care expert services is currently being threatened throughout the nation, and through a pandemic wherever the Bronx group noticed some of the maximum charges of morbidity and mortality in the region.

Making this final decision will disinvest from the Bronx group, with no which Montefiore would not exist in its latest type, and to devote in other, wealthier communities, will depart Montefiore with blood on its hands and a apparent assertion about their genuine gain-pushed intentions in the Bronx.

Indicator our petition to honor the lives of our Bronx citizens!

Study more about the historical past of Montefiore, FHC, and the Bronx listed here!

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