Queens Council Member Sandra Ung honors Flushing healthcare worker

Council Member Sandra Ung presents a City Council proclamation to Charlton Rhee, who stepped down as administrator of Union Plaza Care Center after a nearly 30-year tenure. Pictured with them is Shimi Pelman, owner of Union Plaza Care Center, and Ron Cohen (left), a lifelong friend of Mr. Rhee.
Photo courtesy of the Office of Sandra Ung

Queens Council Member Sandra Ung honored the long standing career of a Korean American healthcare advocate who worked at a senior care and rehabilitation facility in Flushing for almost 30 years in a ceremony on Feb. 16.

Charlton Rhee worked as an administrator at United Plaza Care Center, located at 33 – 23 on Union St. in Flushing, for nearly three decades before retiring in November 2023.

Council member Ung, who represents Flushing and surrounding areas, said that Rhee has been a leader in improving access to quality healthcare to underserved communities, specifically the Asian American community, earning him a City Council Proclamation from the council member.

“His commitment to providing culturally competent and compassionate services at United Plaza Care Center has made difficult situations easier to bear for countless families, including my own,” she said.

Rhee is a licensed nursing home administrator and certified gerontologist who began his career at United Plaza Care Center in 1996. He said he is honored to receive this award and he dedicated it to people working in the healthcare sector.

“There are so many compassionate people working in nursing homes who help residents and their families cope with what is an incredibly trying time in their lives,” he said.

The honoree is an active community leader who sat on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Korean American Voters and is currently a member of Community Board 8.