WTCMMTP Establishes Satellite Location at Winthrop
Stony Brook University’s World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program (WTCMMTP) has expanded its clinical center of excellence with a satellite location at Winthrop’s Wellness Pavilion in Garden City. The program is providing care for thousands of men and women who were exposed to toxic chemicals on or after 9/11 and who continue to suffer from upper and lower respiratory tract distress, mental health symptoms, and other conditions related to the environment at ground zero.
In operation since immediately after 9/11, the WTCMMTP is a federally funded program largely supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an arm of the Centers for Disease Control. With an annual budget of more than eight million dollars, the Stony Brook program follows 6,000 people whose health was affected by the environmental impact of the attacks.
“We have assembled a remarkable team of experts in both the clinical and scientific areas to lead this Clinical Center for Excellence,” said Benjamin J. Luft, MD, Medical Director of the WTCMMTP and Principal Investigator of the contracts. “The Center allows for the seamless coordination of services, data collection and quality assurance to ensure consistent, high-quality care for all responders who live on Long Island and in Brooklyn.”
The new contracts that have been awarded to Stony Brook University will fund the existent clinical center of excellence in Islandia, NY as well as the recently established satellite location at Winthrop-University Hospital.
The Winthrop-based clinical site will assist in ensuring geographic access ibility to medical care for the many WTC responders who reside in Nassau County.
It is a welcome complement to the Center of Excellence located in Islandia.
Marc Wilkenfeld, MD, Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Winthrop, who has been involved with treating Ground Zero responders since immediately after 9/11, will head the satellite location at Winthrop.
Dr. Wilkenfeld has evaluated hundreds of patients with various illnesses related to the disaster and continues to treat patients who were impacted by the attacks. He also served as an expert review panel member on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Technical Advisory Task Force and acted as a consultant to a number of corporations, community groups, and other government agencies on the environmental health impact of the disaster. What’s more, Dr. Wilkenfeld assisted in the development of protocols for screening individuals with exposure at the World Trade Center site and moder ated and participated in community forums designed to answer the health questions of New York residents and workers.
For more information about Stony Brook’s World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program’s satellite location at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP.
Vol. 21, No. 2
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