07/08/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/08/2019 08:56
NYU's College of Dentistry will open a new dental care facility in Downtown Brooklyn's City Point in early 2020, to bring high quality, low-cost dental care for adults and children to the Brooklyn community and its surrounding area.
'We are delighted to bring our services to Brooklyn, along with our commitment to providing affordable care for local residents and learning opportunities for our dental students,' said Charles N. Bertolami, the Herman Robert Fox Dean of NYU Dentistry. 'Our presence in downtown Brooklyn provides a welcome opportunity both to build on the services we currently provide to people living in Brooklyn through our existing outreach programs and to further strengthen NYU's commitment to one of the most culturally diverse, bustling, and iconic neighborhoods in New York City.'
NYU Dentistry currently provides screenings and health promotion services to more than 1,000 children, adults, and seniors annually at 30 community-based sites in Brooklyn, and treatment aboard the Smiling Faces, Going Places dental van to approximately 700 children and seniors at 14 sites in Brooklyn.
NYU has leased a 15,000-square-foot space in City Point, a mixed-use commercial and residential complex in Downtown Brooklyn in close proximity to mass transit, making it easily accessible to residents throughout Brooklyn and Staten Island. Construction on the space began in June and will be completed in early 2020.
The dental practice-which will see roughly 20,000 to 25,000 patients a year-will be staffed by NYU Dentistry faculty and advanced dental students. Like its main facility at 345 E. 24th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, which provides dental care to approximately 75,000 New Yorkers each year, NYU Dentistry's Brooklyn outpost will offer services at reduced cost and will accept Medicaid.
A Growing Commitment to Brooklyn
NYU College of Dentistry's new practice is the latest illustration of NYU's growing commitment to the Brooklyn community. In the past decade, NYU merged with Brooklyn's Polytechnic University to create NYU's Tandon School of Engineering, partnered with Lutheran Medical Center to create NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, and is in the final stages of transforming the former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street into an academic hub for technology, emerging media, and the arts that is also home to the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP).
'NYU's presence in Brooklyn has been one of the most exciting developments in the university's recent history. Our academic programs, Brooklyn's culture of innovation, and its diverse community have provided many opportunities for synergy, and we are pleased to now bring affordable dental care to the borough,' said NYU President Andrew Hamilton.
Regina Myer, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, said, 'NYU's new dental care facility will offer a convenient, essential service for the growing Downtown Brooklyn population, and further strengthens NYU's presence in the neighborhood. We look forward to the completion of the facility, which is a win for our health and our local economy.' She added, 'We're calling on all Brooklynites to clean their pearly whites to help light up magical downtown nights.'
About NYU College of Dentistry
Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating 9 percent of the nation's dentists. NYU Dentistry has a significant global reach with a highly diverse student body. Visit http://dental.nyu.edu for more.