Northwell opens new cancer center and multispecialty practice in Rego Park

Northwell Health leadership (from left): COO Mark Solazzo, John D’Angelo, MD; Rich Barakat, MD; CEO Michael Dowling and Jesse Chusid, MD, cut the ribbon on Northwell Health at Rego Park.
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Northwell Health officially opened a new 70,000-square-foot facility Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Rego Park.

The new $52 million facility — located at 95-25 Queens Blvd. — offers medical practices meant to cover a host of conditions and delivers complex, coordinated health care.

Northwell Health at Rego Park has several resources, including Northwell Health Labs, Vivo Health Pharmacy, Rego Park Imaging and STARS rehabilitation. There are specialists available in bariatrics and weight management, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general pediatrics, general surgery, hepatology, HIV, internal medicine, maternal fetal, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, pulmonary, rheumatology, urology, vascular and wound care.

“Northwell has long been dedicated to serving the diverse population in Queens through our hospitals and by offering an array of specialty services, including bringing highly regarded transplant and cardiac programs closer to home,” Northwell President and CEO Michael Dowling said. “Now we’re proud to extend Northwell’s world class cancer care to this vibrant multicultural community because cancer spares no ethnic group, it knows no bounds – and neither do our medical experts when it comes to treating this pervasive and deadly disease.”

The Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Rego Park will serve as a standalone center, providing best-in-class oncology care along with supportive and ancillary services such as nutrition, social work, nurse navigation, survivorship and genetic counseling as well as access to clinical trials. There will also be workers on hand who will be able to speak with patients in their own languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Hindi and Bengali.

“We’re excited to open a new outpatient cancer center in the heart of Queens to deliver the best cancer care close to where people live,” Northwell Health Cancer Institute Physician-in-Chief and Executive Director Richard Barakat, MD, said. “Northwell is uniquely positioned to care for patients in Queens – one of the most diverse places in the country. To meet the needs of our patients, we have cancer experts and other health care professionals who speak numerous languages and are culturally sensitive to the populations we serve. Also, to remove any barrier to care, the center has translated medical forms, brochures and other communications into several languages.”

The Cancer Institute provides access to specialists in breast surgery, colorectal surgery, gynecologic oncology, head and neck surgery, surgical oncology, thoracic surgery, urology, medical oncology and hematology. The $32 million center, which spans two floors of the facility, includes an infusion center with 42 private treatment areas and a host of medical/surgical oncology suites and exam rooms. Oncologists and cancer surgeons work together to deliver coordinated, personalized care for all types of cancer, including breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, urologic cancers, lung cancers, head and neck cancers and gynecologic cancers.

“The expansion at Rego Park is a major commitment to better support central Queens and align with the outstanding care already being offered at LIJ Forest Hills,” Northwell Central region Senior Vice President and Regional Executive Director John D’Angelo, MD, said. “We have a long history of service to Queens and we’re doubling down at Rego Park by adding more of what’s in demand, from OB/GYN coverage to neurology and advanced imaging services.”

Queens Medical Associates, a member of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute, will be moving its highly regarded hematology and oncology practice from Fresh Meadows to Rego Park. But Queens Medical Associates will still maintain practices in other Queens neighborhoods. In the facility, patients will have access to medical specialists who can help with any side effects from treatment, advanced diagnostic and screening imaging services to serve the needs of both cancer patients and other patients, clinical trials, nurse navigation and support services.

With approximately 19,000 New Yorkers with cancer treated each year, Northwell provides treatment for more than any other cancer provider in the state. Its cancer specialists and staff speak over 30 languages and dialects, meeting the medical and cultural needs of the diverse populations it serves in the community.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 718-975-2415 or visit northwell.edu/doctors-offices/northwell-health-rego-park.