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EVENT CANCELLED: New York Hospital Queens Brings Asthma Care to Children at Riis Settlement

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

NOTE TO EDITOR: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED. 

MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
NYHQ: Allison Fleming, 718-670-2374, alf9034@nyp.org
Jeff Jacomowtiz, 646-871-8481, jrjacomowitz@lazarpartners.com
TransCanada Media Inquiries:
Shawn Howard/Grady Semmens/Davis Sheremata, 403-920-7859 or 800-608-7859
Riis Settlement: Aimee Simpierre, 718-784-7447 x116, asims@riissettlement.org

                                    New York Hospital Queens Brings Asthma Care to Children at Riis Settlement
                                     Grant from TransCanada Funds NYHQ Pediatric Asthma Mobile Unit Program

WHAT:
New York Hospital Queens will unveil a newly renovated pediatric asthma mobile unit that is designed to provide treatment directly to children at the Queensbridge Houses headquarters of Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement (Riis Settlement) on a part-time basis. The van renovation and asthma care program at Riis Settlement are funded by a $326,000 grant from TransCanada through the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Riis Settlement is located in an area of Long Island City known as “Asthma Alley,” a region stretching from the South Bronx, through East Harlem and into Western Queens. This area has one of the highest child asthma rates in New York and is surrounded by manufacturing sites, bridges and transportation hubs.

A comprehensive health care team, including a pulmonologist, pediatrician, respiratory therapist and social worker, from the Pediatric Asthma Center at New York Hospital Queens will staff the pediatric asthma mobile unit. The unit will maintain a regular schedule where it will be parked at Riis Settlement.

WHO:
Members of the media are invited to the unveiling of the mobile unit to speak with physicians and staff from the Department of Pediatrics at the New York Hospital Queens, staff from Riis Settlement, TransCanada representatives and elected officials. Photo opportunities will be available.

WHEN:
Cancelled. To be rescheduled.

WHERE:
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement
10-25 41st Avenue
Long Island City, N.Y. 11101

ABOUT NEW YORK HOSPITAL QUEENS
New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University. For more information on New York Hospital Queens, visit www.nyhq.org.

ABOUT TRANSCANADA
With more than 60 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and oil pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 68,500 kilometres (42,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with more than 400 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 11,800 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is developing one of North America's largest oil delivery systems. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. For more information visit: www.transcanada.com or check us out on Twitter @TransCanada or http://blog.transcanada.com.  

ABOUT JACOB A. RIIS NEIGHBORHOOD SETTLEMENT
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement (www.riissettlement.org) is a leading community-based non-profit service provider in Western Queens, New York, serving as a catalyst for change by supporting residents in their efforts to achieve greater social and economic self-sufficiency.  Founded in 1899, Riis Settlement provides integrated educational, social, cultural and health services to more than 1,600 individuals each year.  Riis Settlement’s award-winning programs support community members of all ages-- from after-school programs for kids to English-language classes and case management for immigrants to health services, meals, and transportation for older adults. 

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