The New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry will open a new dental care facility in Brooklyn’s City Point complex in early 2020 to bring high-quality, low-cost dental care for adults and children to the community and its surrounding area, the school reports.
“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, DDS, DMedSc, 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,” Bertolami said.
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 about 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 near mass transit, making it easily accessible to residents throughout the borough and Staten Island, the school reports. Construction on the space began in June and will be completed in early 2020.
With 20,000 to 25,000 patients a year expected, the practice will be staffed by faculty and advanced dental students. Like its main facility at 345 E. 24th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, which provides dental care to about 75,000 New Yorkers each year, the Brooklyn facility will offer services at reduced cost and accept Medicaid.
NYU has extensive commitments to the Brooklyn community, including its merger with Polytechnic University to create the Tandon School of Engineering, its partnership with the Lutheran Medical Center to form NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, and its work in creating an academic hub for technology, emerging media, and the arts at the former MTA headquarters.
“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.
“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,” said Regina Myer, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.