EmblemHealth begins affi liation with BronxDocs
BRONX TIMES R 28 EPORTER, MARCH 8-14, 2019 BTR
EmblemHealth, one of the
nation’s largest non-profi t
health insurers announced
an affi liation with Bronx-
Docs. BronxDocs opened two
new offi ces delivering primary
and specialty care to
the more than 1.4 million residents
of the borough. A third
location will open in May.
The affi liation with Bronx-
Docs extends to members
of EmblemHealth as well as
other community members
access to convenient, best-inclass
primary and specialty
care services in the Bronx.
“We are pleased to return
to the Bronx and affi liate our
medical group Advantage-
Care Physicians with top-tier
BronxDocs physicians and
nurses who have such deep
roots in the community,” said
Karen Ignagni, president and
CEO of EmblemHealth. “The
affi liation with BronxDocs
ensures that the Bronx community
has access to clinicians
they know and trust,
and that those clinicians are
empowered with modern
tools, technology and an electronic
medical record that follows
EmblemHealth and Bronx-
Docs share the belief that
community-based care is an
important factor in achieving
“BronxDocs takes a patient
centered approach to patient
care that delivers on a
promise to treat the patient
with compassionate, quality
and culturally sensitive care,”
said Neal Polan, executive director
of BronxDocs. “Our
clinical support team and our
doctors are excited to expand
our reach through this new
partnership, bringing scale to
our full-service primary and
The affi liation brings together
partners to deliver a full
scope of primary care and
specialty services and solutions
right in the neighborhoods
where people need it
most. Services include: Cardiology,
Medicine, Laboratory, Ophthalmology,
Podiatry, Pulmonology, Urology,
New locations: 326 E. 149th
Street, 932 Southern Boulevard;
and 2044 Westchester
Avenue, which will be opening
in the fall.
Ribbon-cutting for the opening of the newest BronxDocs location at 932 Southern Boulevard.
Photo courtesy of BronxDocs/EmblemHealth
So, some dates yet again: Sunday,
March 10, St. Patrick’s Day starts at
St. Benedict for 9 a.m. Mass and 10
a.m. breakfast in their hall, then our
annual parade at noon from East
Tremont and Lafayette avenues;
Sunday, March 17, Happy St. Patrick’s
Day to all, regular 3rd Sunday
Post meeting at American Turners
NY, guess what’s for lunch?: Friday,
March 29, Commander’s downstate
visit and dinner at Antun’s of Queens
Village, fi nal prep at our 17th meeting.
It really is an amazing evening.
Cocktail hour starts at 6, I believe, so
plan for Friday traffi c anyway.
Our April meeting will be the 4th
Sunday at ATNY as the 3rd Sunday is
the Christian observance of Easter.
Media: Just found out SCPO
(SEAL) Don Shipley’s YouTube account,
outing fake vets, especially
Navy types, was closed down for bullying?
(He probably used some really
choice sailor words having been in
combat!) I wish him, the wife (also
a vet) and those who chase the disgraceful
sickos well. *Salute*
Until next time: John Fraser
Bryan AL Post 19 is again asking
for additional prayers for their long
time member Jim H. who is in need
of another surgery. Jim is also a
Bronx County vice commander who
was our Oratorical Contest committee
man for many years, his very
special Youth and Americanism
Surviving a violent crime is not
as easy as a one hour TV show portrays.
See ya at the parade.
BY MARY JANE MUSANO
Are you sick and tired of this city
paying absolutely no mind to what
the residents of this city want? Are
you tired of telling our city government
and the electeds that are paid
by our tax dollars that we must have
responsible building in our neighborhoods?
We, the residents of our
neighborhoods know what is best for
our neighborhoods. Not those who
think they know what is best for us.
Irresponsible building practices
must end now. We are overdeveloped
now but the building continues
with absolutely no regard for all of
the things that must come before in
order to build responsibly. We must
have more police, more hospital
beds, more schools, updated infrastructure,
more parking before we
have more building.
Right now, our city government
as well as some of our electeds have
chosen to approve a zoning change
that will allow a 9-story apartment
building to move forward in a commercial
district on Blondell Avenue.
This is not an as of right project. The
developers need approval to proceed
and so far our government and some
electeds have gone against two community
boards and a huge number
of community residents to approve
But, it is not over. Councilman
Gjonaj’s vote has not been cast yet.
He can stop this project just like
Jimmy Vacca did for eight years.
I urge you to contact his office today
and tell him to vote “no” on the
Blondell Avenue Zoning proposal.
It does not matter what neighborhood
you live in. What happens next
door can easily knock on your door
Let’s help our neighbors in
Westchester Square and stop it from
snowballing to all of us.
Contact Councilman Gjonaj today.
Call (718) 931-1721 or e-mail him
at MGonaj@council.nyc.gov. Tell
him to support his community as
well as community boards 10 and 11
and vote no.
The only way to a bright future
for our community is for all of us
to work together and support each
Our next meeting will be on
Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at
the First Lutheran Church on Hollywood
and Baisley avenues. Please
make it your business to attend this
meeting. It will be chock full of very
We will start at 7:30 p.m. sharp because
we have four guests that will
bring information that you need to
John Cerini, our Bronx Tax Man,
will speak about tax issues and the
new tax laws.
Joanne Mancini and other staff
from Ridgewood Savings Bank will
be speaking about ways to save your
hard earned money.
Chrys Napolitano will be speaking
about the Locust Point CSA and
other great food events.
Sandi Lusk will be updating
us on the building proposals in
Westchester Square. Both Blondell
Commons and the proposal for St.
Peter’s Church grounds are projects
we all need to be educated on. Bring