The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation announced last month that a new public healthcare facility under construction will be named after local philanthropist Henry J. “Hank” Carter, founder of Wheelchair Charities Inc., in recognition of his 40 years of support to New Yorkers with disabilities and his more than $25 million in donations to HHCs Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility.
This is the first time HHC will name one of its public healthcare facilities for a living individual.
“Naming this new facility after Hank Carter is a fitting tribute to his remarkable generosity and compassionate spirit,” HHC President Alan D. Aviles said in a news release. “Hank Carter has given the HHC family much more than valuable equipment to help our patients.
“He has dedicated hours of personal time to regularly walk the hallways of our facility,” Aviles said.
“I credit God for what I have been able to give back to my community,” Carter said. “This is really an honor.”
The Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility will be at Madison Avenue and 122nd Street in Manhattan, and will be the new home of the Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility, which is currently on Roosevelt Island. A new Harlem-based long-term care hospital and skilled nursing facility, nearly 400,000 square feet of new and renovated space, will be completed in late fall of 2013. The HHC board of directors unanimously approved the naming at its June meeting.
Construction of the facility began in January.
This $285 million project is being financed through New York City general obligation bonds and New York State HEAL grant funds. HHC will host an official naming ceremony for the Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility before the opening of the new building in late 2013.