Bishop McHugh Health Centers
In the fall of 2009, to meet the needs of medically underserved individuals, CHS opened the first Bishop McHugh Health Center in Suffolk County. Since then, hundreds of patients who otherwise would have been without primary care have been seen at this facility. In January of 2012, the Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre blessed the second Bishop McHugh Health Center, located in Nassau.
Both centers have bilingual staff members and offer full histories, physicals and lab work-ups. Physicians work with each patient to obtain nominal-cost prescriptions at local retailers, and free and low-cost specialty referrals are made as indicated. In 2016 alone, for the two Bishop McHugh Health Centers combined, there were more than 1,000 patient visits, as well as referrals for specialty care, including imaging.
The Babylon clinic, supported by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, sees patients by appointment, with nearly all patients having previously received free cholesterol, blood pressure and/or other screenings through CHS’s Healthy Sundays events in their communities. The Hicksville facility, affiliated with St. Francis Hospital, provides immunizations and well woman care, and a low-fee, comprehensive diabetes education program is available at nearby St. Joseph Hospital. Patients are referred through St. Francis's community outreach events and word of mouth, in addition to Healthy Sundays.