Center for Community Health

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Center for Community Health

Frequently Asked Questions

We answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the Center for Community Health (CCH).

General questions

Our six-story, 400,000 square-foot facility is located on the corner of 8th Avenue and 6th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn (515 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215).

The CCH offers a new vision of outpatient care for children and adults by providing multispecialty preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic services all in one location. We offer many of the same services as a traditional hospital, but there are no overnight stays (inpatient services). All services at the CCH, including surgery, are same-day outpatient care.

The CCH offers the latest digital health service technology, offering patients easy access to Weill Cornell Medicine and Brooklyn Methodist Hospital doctors from the convenience of their home.

The CCH offers same-day emergency orthopedic care and same-day outpatient care.

The CCH has an underground valet parking garage that accommodates 315 cars.

The CCH offers a grab-and-go café and comfortable waiting lounges.

Outpatient (ambulatory) surgery questions

We offer same-day outpatient surgery at the CCH by using minimally invasive techniques to make the smallest incision possible. This approach allows patients to heal quickly and recover in the comfort of their own home.

Patients at the CCH are assigned a “nurse-of-the-day,” who will care for them both before and after their surgery, monitoring their progress for when it is appropriate to go home.

Patients find that same-day outpatient surgery allows for reduced costs and travel time, as well as ease in scheduling compared to inpatient surgery.

Our surgical team carefully reviews each case and discusses expectations with families to ensure that patients are selected appropriately for outpatient surgery and don’t require extended recovery or inpatient surgery. Additionally, patients undergo a pre-anesthesia evaluation to identify any risk factors before outpatient surgery and perform additional testing as necessary.

Cancer Center questions

At the CCH, we have a dedicated on-site infusion center where we offer chemotherapy and other infusion therapies six days per week.

Through our partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, patients at the CCH’s Cancer Center have the opportunity to participate in one of our cutting-edge cancer clinical trials.

Patients understandably have many questions throughout their cancer journey. Our CCH navigation team serves as the patient’s guide and advocate throughout the treatment process, connecting them to the resources they need — whether it be a second opinion, questions about a clinical trial, or participation in a cancer support group.

Cardiology questions

The CCH performs the full range of outpatient cardiac services from screening and diagnostic procedures to performing minimally invasive surgeries including but not limited to coronary CT and MRI scans, cardiac catheterization, stents, valve repair, and implantation of defibrillators and pacemakers.

We offer advanced cardiac screening and our preventive heart specialists work with you to create a targeted treatment plan to reduce your risk for heart attack, stroke, bypass surgery, or angioplasty.

Digestive diseases questions

We offer screening procedures including colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and high sensitivity stool tests, as well as genetic counseling/testing to assess for colon cancer risk. New screening guidelines recommend beginning colonoscopy at 45 years of age. If you have a family history or a genetic predisposition for colon cancer, it is recommended to start colonoscopy screening 10 years younger than the age at which the family member was diagnosed, or at 40 years old, whichever comes first.

We often use endoscopy to diagnose and treat disorders of the esophagus and stomach, including gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). It is important to discuss your symptoms with your doctor and they can refer you to the appropriate specialist.

We diagnose and treat both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and offer intravenous biologic therapies at the CCH’s on-site infusion center. For irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), our gastroenterologists and nutritionists work with you to create a targeted treatment plan.

We perform same-day minimally invasive bariatric surgery in one of our 12 state-of-the-art operating rooms.

Orthopedic medicine questions

The CCH offers the full spectrum of orthopedic and sports medicine services for children and adults, from diagnosing and treating broken bones to minimally invasive surgery for soft tissue injuries.

The CCH offers a wide range of same-day minimally invasive surgical procedures for the hand, arm, shoulder, hips, knees, and spine including arthroscopic and joint replacement surgery.

Orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons perform spine surgery. Both specialties are equally qualified to treat spinal conditions involving the nerves and bones of the spinal column.

After receiving minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery at the CCH, patients are seen by a physical therapist who helps them to get moving shortly after the procedure. Additional physical therapy or occupational therapy may be prescribed for patients when they go home. Depending on the type of surgery, some patients are back to their healthy life within days, while recovery for others may take longer. Your doctor and team will discuss with you your recovery plan and help prepare you for your healing journey.

Pre-anesthesia questions

Patients who are scheduled for minimally invasive outpatient surgery will undergo an evaluation by one of the anesthesiologists at the CCH’s Pre-Anesthesia Evaluation Center. This helps our doctors to identify any risk factors before your outpatient surgery and perform additional testing as necessary.

The pre-anesthesia evaluation will take place within 48 hours prior to the day of surgery and entails a physical exam and a comprehensive medical history including a list of medications and allergies. In some cases, patients may be asked to perform additional testing.