By: Sebastian Morris / New York Yimby
Developer CHA Partners recently celebrated the grand opening of Margaret O. Carpenter Women’s Health Center, a first-of-its kind specialty medical facility in Rockaway Beach, Queens. The facility is located at 105-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard within the recently completed Rockaway Beach Medical Arts Complex.
The Margaret O. Carpenter Women’s Health Center provides gynecological and obstetrical care, in addition to an array of women’s healthcare sub-specialty services including fetal medicine, urogynecology, gynecological oncology, breast surgery, nutrition, and behavioral health. The facility features state-of-the-art equipment including two 3D mammography machines, a bone density machine, and an ultrasound machine.
“Since our inception, CHA has remained focused on filling the void for medical and healthcare services where they are needed most, and the opening of the Margaret O. Carpenter Women’s Health Center will mark a new day for patients in the Rockaway Beach region,” said CHA’s managing partner William J. Colgan. “We are thrilled to stand alongside executives from St. John’s and all of the key stakeholders who made the completion of this project and opening of this facility a reality.”
CHA Partners conceived of the Rockaway Beach Medical Arts Complex to meet the demand for local healthcare created when the region’s Peninsula Hospital closed after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. New York City Economic Development Corporation helped support the project with $9 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing in collaboration with Chase Community Development Bank. The NMTC program is a federal funding program designed to encourage investment in underserved areas of the city.
Today, the Rockaway Beach Medical Arts Complex comprises a wide range of healthcare service providers beyond the Women’s Center including primary care, dermatology, endocrinology, physical therapy, behavioral health, cardiology, neurology, general surgery, and cancer care. The complex was completed in 2019 and reached full occupancy in June 2021.
“This is an important milestone in Rockaway’s recovery from COVID-19, as we advance Mayor Adams’ commitment to providing community healthcare in neighborhoods most impacted by the pandemic,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation president and CEO Andrew Kimball. “NYCEDC is proud to have supported the development of the Rockaway Beach Medical Arts Complex, which will house the Margaret O. Carpenter Women’s Health Center and offer lifesaving, affordable preventative care to Rockaway residents.”