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Double-ribbon opening for The Brooklyn Hospital Center Emergency Room and Cancer Center Completions

October 4, 2022 The Brooklyn Hospital Center
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Editors’ Note: As Downtown Brooklyn has weathered Covid and built an infrastructure for its brighter future, one of its most historic treasures, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, has taken a lead role in revival. It was Brooklyn’s first hospital and a leading force when Brooklyn was still an Independent city. Its nursing school trained Walt Whitman when the radical poet, and onetime editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle decided to volunteer to serve in the medical corps of the Union Army. It was the birthplace of countless, notable sons and daughters of Brooklyn, not the least of which was Dr. Anthony Fauci. We salute the notable celebration — a double ribbon cutting — of this symbol of the rebirth of Downtown Brooklyn in the new century.

From left: Board Trustee Earl Weiner, Board Chair Lizanne Fontaine, Board Trustee and Event Chair Shri Madhusudhan, Charles Hamm, TBHC President and CEO Gary Terrinoni, and Irene Hamm, as they cut the ribbon on the Emergency Room Renovation.
Photo: The Brooklyn Hospital Center

On October 3, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) hosted a double-ribbon ceremony for two landmark achievements: the completion of a multi-year, multi-million dollar Emergency Room Renovation and the opening of The Brooklyn Cancer Center (TBCC), a partnership between New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS), one of the leading oncology practices in the nation and TBHC. The ED is located at the hospital at 121 DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Cancer Center is located at 86 Fleet Place, also in Fort Greene. Both locations border the busy Downtown Brooklyn district.

The ribbon cutting for the Emergency Room renovation featured poignant remarks from Charles and Irene Hamm, in honor of Charles’ late father, Dr. Frank Coleman Hamm, a former TBHC Chair of Urology. The Hamm’s gave a generous gift and the new Emergency Room entrance bears Dr. Hamm’s name.

“The renovations began three years ago and were completed this summer. This completion marks a promise kept to the community — a better-looking ED environment that functions better, too, and is more patient-friendly,” said Gary G. Terrinoni, President and CEO of TBHC.

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New entrance to ED honoring the late Dr. Frank Coleman Hamm, a gift from his son and daughter-in-law Charles and Irene Hamm. Photo: The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Over at The Brooklyn Cancer Center, the second ribbon ceremony celebrated the opening of this brand-new facility that provides expert care and culturally sensitive services for patients. John A. Catsimatidis, Jr., EVP & Chief Investment Officer, Red Apple Group, and Crystal Hudson, City Council Member, were among those in attendance at the event.

Ms. Hudson pointed out that there were five NYC Housing Authority complexes in the Cancer Center’s catchment area and how important it was that they—and all the borough’s citizens–now have access to top care without having to travel outside Brooklyn.

“Since we’ve started accepting patients, we’ve seen a 25% increase in patient volume,” said Jeff Vacirca, MD, CEO of NYCBS. “At this state-of-the-art facility, The Brooklyn Cancer Center offers the entire continuum of cancer care to our patients, from medical and radiation oncology, to surgical consults, palliative care, support services and access to clinical trials.”

The Cancer Center event also honored Dr. Asha Nayak, a long-time (now retired) TBHC hematologist/oncologist, who gave a generous gift to support the site’s infusion unit. That unit is named for Dr. Nayak in thanks. “I give this in honor of my patients,” she said.

For more information about TBHC and its ED, visit To make a doctor’s appointment, call 1-833-TBHC-NOW (1-833-824-2669).

To make an appointment at The Brooklyn Cancer Center, please call (718) 732-4080. For more information, visit

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