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[April 20,2009]

In Celebration of National Hospital Week:
University Hospital of Brooklyn to Hold Community Health Fair

Continuing a tradition that began more than 20 years ago, SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn is extending an invitation to all residents of Brooklyn to attend its annual Community Health Fair. Rain or shine, it will take place on Saturday, May 16, from 11 am to 3 pm, in front of the hospital’s 445 Lenox Road entrance, between East 35th and East 37th Streets.

In addition to enjoying refreshments and entertainment, community residents will receive valuable health information and free screenings for asthma, high blood pressure, stroke, glaucoma, foot problems, sleep disorders, diabetes, cholesterol, prostate, and more. Health professionals will be on hand to conduct clinical breast exams and Pap tests, as well as tests for pregnancy and HIV. Since safety is as important as good health, free child identity kits will also be available.

Held during National Hospital Week, the fair highlights the contributions of health professionals who play such an important role in safeguarding the well-being of the community. This annual “open house” allows the public to see first hand the important work that University Hospital of Brooklyn performs.

SUNY Downstate is the only academic medical center serving Brooklyn’s more than 2 million residents. For more information about Downstate’s Community Health Fair, call 718-3739 or 2020.

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.