Beth Israel opens new Chinatown clinic

By Albert Amateau

Beth Israel Medical Center officially opened its Chinatown Multispecialty Group on Wed., Feb 16, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 110 Lafayette St. at Walker St.

The clinic, with physicians, surgeons and supporting staff bilingual in Chinese and English, brings specialty medical services treating heart, vascular, lung, chest, gastrointestinal and cancer conditions to Chinatown residents.

“The opening of this new group demonstrates another strong union between New York’s Asian community and Beth Israel,” said Dr. Harris M. Nagler, president of Beth Israel Medical Center. Beth Israel’s Asian Services Center, which includes the Chinatown Multispecialty Group, has a long track record of working with local Chinese-American physicians and community leaders to provide quality healthcare to the community, Nagler said.

The group aims to work with local physicians to provide outpatient needs in Chinatown by bridging the gap and to provide a continuity of care throughout the entire process from outpatient evaluation to hospital treatment and intervention, to post-operative care and follow-up, said Martin S. Karpeh Jr., chairperson of Beth Israel’s Department of Surgery.

Office hours at the Lafayette St. clinic are normally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some physicians available 24/7 via cell phone. In addition, the bilingual staff will assist patients and referring physicians with any other needs for hospital services.

Beth Israel Medical Center is part of Continuum Health Partners, Inc., a nonprofit system that also includes St. Luke’s and Roosevelt hospitals, Long Island College Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.