Patient Services

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  • Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Medicine
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  • Dentistry
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Clinical Laboratory
  • Pastoral Care Services
  • Other Services
  • Emergency Services

    For many people in Central Brooklyn, Interfaith Medical Center's Emergency Department is their only source of primary health care. In fact, Interfaith Medical Center's Emergency Service Department cares for nearly 3,000 patient visits each month.

    Designated as a 911 Certified Medical and Surgical Adult Emergency Care Facility, a 9.39 Mental Health Psychiatric Emergency Room and an American Heart Association Certified Emergency Care Facility, Interfaith Medical Center's Emergency Department is located in the main hospital building on Atlantic Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant and boasts a brand new 7,500 square foot facility consisting 21 active treatment areas.

    Among the state-of the-art trauma rooms within the Emergency Department are specific areas for orthopedics, isolation cases, critical and specialized care, pediatrics and treatment for asthmatic patients. There is a separate Psychiatric Emergency Room for psychiatric patients in crisis-whether self- referred or brought by police or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for treatment- where they are assessed. Treatment is initiated and the patient is admitted, if necessary, or referred to a community-based program. The Psychiatric Emergency Room serves both mentally- ill and substance abuse patients.

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    For many people in Central Brooklyn, Interfaith Medical Center's Emergency Department is their only source of primary health care.

    Interfaith Medical Center has aggressively expanded its Gynecology Department to include advanced laparoscopic and urigynecological surgeries.

    An exciting new development in the Department Of Medicine is "Walk In-Walk Out" cardiac catheterizations.

    Interfaith Medical Center's Behavioral Health Services has a comprehensive array of outpatient, inpatient and emergency treatment programs.

    Throughout Central Brooklyn, Interfaith Medical Center has an extensive network of Ambulatory Care Centers.



    Consistent with its mission of providing high quality health care for the poor and traditionally- medically underserved of Central Brooklyn, Interfaith Medical Center has aggressively expanded its Gynecology Department to include traditional routine gynecology care, such as women's health and family planning, and advanced laparoscopic and urigynecological surgeries.

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    As part of its continuum of patient care, Interfaith Medical Center's Pediatrics Department pediatricians have specialized training and expertise in various subspecialities such as neurology, endocrinology, pulmonology, cardiology and infectious diseases.

    Continuing the continuum of child health care through adolescence, Interfaith Medical Center has specialized programs for primary care cardiology, hematology, asthma, HIV Counseling and Testing and comprehensive pediatric sickle cell program. Interfaith Medical Center has specialized Pediatric Emergency Services and a 10 bed Pediatric Unit.

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    Behavioral Health Services

    With many Centers of Excellence, Interfaith Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry is organized to provide a comprehensive continuum of mental health and substance abuse services that include both inpatient and ambulatory services with varying levels of intensity to meet the needs of the consumers in our community. The treatment programs are designed to meet the needs of dual diagnosis consumers who may have both mental illness and substance abuse issues or who may be both mentally ill and mentally retarded. Interfaith Medical Center provides a comprehensive array of outpatient, inpatient and emergency behavioral health, psychiatric, detoxification and drug rehabilitation programs, including:

  • Outpatient Services
    1. The Center for Mental Health provides outpatient mental health services to thousands of children, adults, geriatric mentally- ill and mentally- retarded patients This program has certification from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability(OMRDD)
  • Inpatient Services

    Substance Abuse Detoxification and Rehabilitation Services, which is certified by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, provides rehabilitation for alcohol and drug abusing patients. A significant number of patients are referred to Interfaith Medical Center through the New York City Human Resources Administration.
    1. HIV Counseling and Testing
    2. Mentally Impaired Chemical Abuse (MICA) Continuing Day Treatment Program
    3. Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program (MMTP)
    4. Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program (CDOS)
    5. Partial Hospital Program (PHP)
    6. Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Treatment (IPRT)
    7. Mobile Crisis Team (MCT)
    8. Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program (MMTP)
    9. Behavioral Health Services Adult Clinic
      • Child & Adolescent
      • Continuing Day Treatment Program (CDT)
      • Alternative Housing Program
      • HIV/HOP Program
  • Emergency Services
    1. The Mobile Crisis Team is a team of mental health professionals that makes home visits to people in the community who are in a psychiatric crisis and who cannot or will not seek mental health treatment. This short term crisis service is staffed by a psychiatrist, psychologists and a nurse and operates 7 days a week as follows:

      Monday through Thursday: 9 AM to 9:30 PM
      Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM
      Saturdays and Sundays: 10 AM to 6 PM

    2. Psychiatric Emergency Room, a separate 9.39 Mental Health Law Emergency Room, operates 24/7 to assess mentally- ill and substance abusing patients.
  • Behavioral Health Program of Bedford-Stuyvesant Community (BHP)- Interfaith Medical Center assumed the operating certificates for the critically- needed, but failed, former Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Mental Health Center and operates the following Behavioral Health Programs:
    1. Adult Clinic
    2. Continuing Day Treatment Center
    3. Alternative Housing Program
    4. HIV Out- stationing Program (HOP)
    5. School Based Behavioral Health Programs
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    The Department of Medicine at Interfaith Medical Center encompasses a wide array of patient services consistent with the health care's system's continuum of patient care. While all of Interfaith Medical Center's Department of Medicine Patient Care Services are vital to the communities it serves, its Sickle Cell Program and its comprehensive AIDS/HIV Counseling and Testing Program are truly highlights that reflect Interfaith Medical Center's knowledge of, concern for and response to the communities its serves.

  • Sickle Cell Program is recognized as an important referral center where screening, testing and counseling are offered to people of all ages. Consistent with the continuum of care at Interfaith Medical Center, the Sickle Cell Program at Interfaith Medical Center is the only one in Brooklyn where patients are treated in the same clinic from birth and are not transferred to another clinic as they get older. As part of the New York State Newborn Screening Program, Interfaith Medical Center identifies the babies with abnormal hemoglobin conditions, offers counseling and education to the parents of these babies and on-going treatment.

  • AIDS/HIV Counseling and Testing at Interfaith Medical Center includes a wide array of services for counseling, testing and treatment of patients with AIDS, delivered by our dedicated multidisciplinary team, which includes HIV Specialists, Board Certified Infectious Disease Specialists, Social Workers, Registered Nurses, HIV/AIDS Educators, Nutritionists, HIV Antibody Test Counselors and knowledgeable and caring support staff. As a New York State Designated AIDS Center, Interfaith Medical Center provides:
    1. Inpatient Care
    2. Outpatient Primary Care
    3. Community Outreach, Education and Support
    4. Case Management
    5. Tuberculosis Directly Observed Preventive Therapy (DOT)
    6. Substance Abuse Treatment Services.

    Other important medical services include:

  • Cardiology and Hypertension
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Critical Care
  • Echocardiography
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology/GI Endoscopy
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Hepatology and Liver Disease
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology/Chronic and Acute Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Neurology
  • Neoroelectrophysiology Lab
  • Primary Care
  • Pulmonary/Asthma Bronochoscopy/ Physiology Lab
  • Rheumatology/ Arthritis
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    Interfaith Medical Center offers a wide array of inpatient and ambulatory surgical procedures using the latest medical knowledge, diagnostic tools, and state-of the art technology including laser units, surgical microscopes, endoscopic, endovascular and other equipment. For example, in the area of Vascular Surgery, Interfaith Medical Center's Vascular Diagnostic Laboratory has earned the highest quality award: the prestigious Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation for Vascular Laboratories certification.

    In addition to Vascular Surgery, procedures performed at Interfaith Medical Center include:

  • Adult and Pediatric General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Laparoscopic and Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology and Audiology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Urologic Surgery
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    The Department of Dentistry at Interfaith Medical Center is extensive, consisting of salaried dentists and voluntary attending dentists whose specializations encompass all phases of adult and pediatric dentistry. In addition, through an affiliation with the New York University College of Dentistry, outstanding third and fourth year dental students rotate through the Interfaith Medical Center Dental Services Program and assist our dentists with our patients.

    The oral maxillofacial surgery program at Interfaith Medical Center is outstanding. Major inpatient oral surgical procedures are performed each year with emphasis on orthodontic, pre-prosthetic and trauma surgery. This is complemented by other specialties such as pediatric dentistry, endodontics and periodontics in which the most advanced surgical techniques are utilized.

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    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Inpatient and outpatient services provided by Interfaith Medical Center's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services include physiatric medical evaluations, physical therapy, which includes classic modalities such as hydrotherapy, and specialty clinics for prosthetics and orthotics. The patients served include victims of stroke, heart disease, musculoskeletal and neuropathic disorders, amputations, acute injuries and chronic illness and disabilities.

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    No where are the results of Interfaith Medical Center's modernization program more evident than in its state-of- the- art Radiology Services which include:

  • Bone Densitometry
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic CT Scan
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic Radiology
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Intraoperative Program
  • Mammography
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Ultrasonography
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • MRI
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    Interfaith Medical Center's Pathology Services provide Anatomic Pathology, Cytology and Autopsy to all of the other medical departments of the health care system.

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    Clinical Laboratory

    Interfaith Medical Center's own in-house Clinical Laboratory Services provide basic Chemistry and Special Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation and Micro- and Mylo-bacteriology to the other medical departments of Interfaith Medical Center.

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    Pastoral Care Services

    Interfaith Medical Center's Pastoral Care Services is an essential part of the continuum of care to offer comprehensive and integrated health care to the bodies, spirits and minds of the people of the Interfaith Medical Center community. We provide emotional, spiritual, religious, moral and ethical support to our patients, staff and their loved ones. Interfaith Medical Center Pastoral Care Department Services include prayer, counseling, visitation, sacraments, worship and intellectual discussion consistent with each person's own faith, tradition, sentiments or beliefs. Staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by full-time and part-time ordained clergy of all faiths and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)-trained lay people, Interfaith Medical Center offers both proactive and reactive pastoral care services. The proactive pastoral care includes formal religious services, administration of sacraments and other sacred rituals such as Confession, Holy Communion, Baptism and Last Rites. Reactive pastoral care includes quiet moments of mediation or discussions of complex ethical and moral issues. Inspirational reading materials and religious supplies are also available.

    Located on the first floor, Interfaith Medical Center's beautiful Chapel is always open and all are welcome for prayer, mediation or worship. Patients can also participate in the Chapel services from their own rooms via closed circuit television on channel 6.

    For more information about Interfaith Medical Center's Pastoral Care Services, contact: "Father Christopher" Sigamoney, Director of Pastoral Care by phone at: (718) 613-4773 or email:

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    Other Services to Support Patient Care

    In addition to al of the above medical care programs, Interfaith Medical Center has an in-house Pharmacy, Food and Nutrition, Respiratory Care, Social Work, Safety and Security, Transportation, Patient Processing, Volunteer and Patient and Community Relations Services, and numerous other services to support the comfort and safety of the patient and the efficient delivery of clinical service.

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