The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation announced that a new public healthcare facility under construction in Harlem will be named after local philanthropist Henry “Hank” J. Carter, founder of Wheelchair Charities, Inc., in recognition of his 40 years of support to New Yorkers with disabilities and more than $25 million in donations to HHC’s Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility (Coler-Goldwater). 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,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. “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. He knows the names of our patients and their stories of survival. And they know him as a friend and a man of faith who deeply cares for their well-being.”
“To those whom much is given, much is expected. God has given me faith, health, and the ability to help others. And He has put so many great people in my path to support my life’s work. I credit God for what I have been able to give back to my community. This is really an honor,” said Henry J. Carter.
The Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility will be located on Madison Avenue and 122nd Street in Manhattan, and will be the new home of the Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility (Goldwater) currently located on Roosevelt Island. The new Harlem based long term care hospital and skilled nursing facility, a state of the art facility of nearly 400,000 square feet of combined 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.
Through Wheelchair Charities, Carter has donated more than $25 million to HHC for a variety of equipment and programs for patients and residents at Coler-Goldwater, including thousands of manual and motorized wheelchairs, specially equipped buses, modified beds, therapy equipment and more than 1,000 state-of-the-art computers that feature voice recognition, zoom-text, and a pointer device to facilitate use by quadriplegic individuals as well as wheelchairs that are computer interfaced and can be operated by the movement of a patient's eye. He has also been a major supporter of HHC’s fundraising arm, The Fund for HHC, and the STAT! For New York City's Public Hospitals! series of music and arts events.
“Relocating Goldwater, which was built in the 1940s, to the Harlem community in a new, modern, patient-centered space, will bring several distinct benefits, but none will be more positive for residents than the ongoing involvement and support provided by Hank Carter,” added Aviles.
“We are forever grateful to Hank Carter. This naming tribute is in recognition of the amazing partnership between Mr. Carter and the public hospital system which has enabled our patients and residents to reach their fullest potential and live a much improved quality of life. This new facility in Harlem will personify the heart and grace of Hank Carter,” said Lynda D Curtis, HHC Sr. Vice President of the South Manhattan Network.
“There is simply no way to adequately thank our friend Hank Carter. We refer to him as a ‘living treasure,’ but even that term doesn’t capture his dynamic and altruistic spirit,” said Robert K. Hughes, Executive Director, Coler-Goldwater. “He has devoted so much of himself on behalf of our patients and residents.”