Riverhead, NY — Nearly 200 New Yorkers joined the Hudson River Health Care Foundation on July 12th at the fourth annual Honoring the Hands benefit at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead to raise funds for increased health care access for the region’s agricultural workers and their families.
Hosted in partnership with Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing, Long Island Wine Council, Long Island Farm Bureau, Jonathan Russo and Deborah Grayson, and Ron and Joanne Goerler of Jamesport Vineyards, the event raised over $70,000 to cover operational costs of the mobile health center van that brings Hudson River Health Care’s services to communities across Suffolk County.
This health center on wheels (see above), purchased with funds raised at previous Honoring the Hands benefits, is staffed by bilingual health care professionals who provide private, comprehensive medical consultations, blood pressure and skin cancer screenings, nutrition education, vaccinations, and other important services.
“Hudson River Health Care is committed to providing quality primary and preventive care to all who seek it,” said Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH, President and CEO of Hudson River Health Care. “Data shows that community health centers improve the health of residents, and our hearts tell us that ensuring health care access for all is essential for improving quality of life, and the right thing to do. We are grateful to Suffolk County leadership for inviting us to improve health care outcomes for individuals and families throughout the county.”
HRHCare board member and North Fork Spanish Apostolate Founder Sister Margaret Smyth added: “Hudson River Health Care has brought health care and hope to so many in Suffolk County. What a wonderful future we have to look forward to, when the North Fork is known as the healthiest place to live in the United States.”
About Hudson River Health Care
Founded over 40 years ago as a Federally Qualified Health Center, Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) is one of the nation’s largest community health providers. The HRHCare network of 29 health centers, nine of which are in Suffolk County, provides affordable, accessible care to over 185,000 patients through more than 820,000 visits annually. The more than 350 primary care practitioners and 700 specialists and support staff have made HRHCare a destination for convenient, high-quality care for all.
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