Charles Palm Praised as “Guiding Light” at Bed-Stuy Family Health Clinic Groundbreaking

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Community Builders-in-Action:(From left to right) Wendell Rice, Board Member, Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assembly member Nick Perry, Assembly member Annette Robinson, HealthFirst Vice President Lynn Brown, Congressmember Ed Towns, Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center Board Chair Charles Palms, (who passed on December 17, nine days after this event); UlyssesKilgore, President and CEO, BSFHC, NYC Council Speaker Gifford Miller and Councilmember Al Vann place “shovels in the ground” at groundbreaking for new BSFHC facility.

It only takes a visit to the current crowded facility, to understand the elation at the  groundbreaking ceremony for the Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Clinic’s new building at the Fulton Street side.
The Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center’s Executive Director, Ulysses Kilgore, said that the building, which will extend through the block, facing Fulton Street and Brooklyn Avenue on the north, and Herkimer Street and St. Andrews Place on the south, has been long overdue necessary and was made possible by cited his “guiding light” the event turned into a celebration of the long-time community work of the BSFHC’s Board Chairman Charles Palms and reflections on the steadfastedness needed for building institutions.
Speaking on that, Mr. Kilgore remembered Boardmember Preston Lambert.  “Preston would always say ‘All I want to see is a shovel in the ground,’ and now a shovel is in the ground,” for the new state of the art multi-story medical facility.
The Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center is a Primary Care Health facility that offers a broad range of integrative health care services, and an emphasis on disease prevention, health education and health management. It is an Article 28 facility that has grown continuously and dramatically since its incorporation in 1976.

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