Case Study

Institute for Family Health-Family Health Center of Harlem

In 2011, the Institute for Family Health took over the operation of the primary care clinics in the former North General Hospital. This ensured the continuity of care for the medically underserved population of East Harlem. Shortly thereafter, North General Hospital was acquired by the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation as the site for a new Long Term Acute Care Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility. The plan required the relocation of the IFH space to an office building two blocks away which had been owned by the old North General Hospital.

The new Family Health Center of Harlem required a complete renovation and the addition of 2000 sf of floor space on each of the upper floors. The cellar level houses a dental practice which is also a residency site for the Mt. Sinai School of Dentistry. The ground floor serves as a centralized intake area along with an urgent care center. The second floor houses mental health services along with WIC and outreach services. The third and fourth floor contain family practice clinics and the fifth floor houses offices for the Family Practice Residency along with conference space.

This new facility offers much needed primary care, mental health and dental care in one location for the residents of East Harlem.

The project received a national design award.