Formerly the Treatment for Life Center at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
Star Health Center's Scope of Services
For more than 25 years, the Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center
has provided comprehensive, high quality HIV/AIDS healthcare services within a community hospital setting. In October 2018, Brookdale joined forces with SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s STAR Program to establish STAR Health Center – Brookdale. The center, formerly known as the Treatment for Life Center, offers primary care to those with or at risk for HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV). “Brookdale and One Brooklyn Health are excited about strengthening our relationship with SUNY Downstate and other community partners to provide enhanced care to those we serve,” said Brookdale Medical Center President and CEO and One Brooklyn Health System Chief Operating Officer Dominick Stanzione. The STAR Health Center - Brookdale was created in partnership between the two medical centers to provide expanded services such as care coordination, home visits, hepatitis C education and support, mental health counseling, and substance use counseling. The expansion is supported through institutional and grant funding from Ryan White Part A, SAMHSA and the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute.
Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center was certified as a New York State Department of Health Designated AIDS Center (DAC) in 1993. The STAR Program, established in 1992, is a multidisciplinary care, clinical education, and research program responding to the combined epidemics of HIV, HCV, and substance use in Central Brooklyn. In collaboration with Brookdale, the STAR Program will continue its mission to achieve health equity and create a culture of continuous improvement, integrity, and respect for patients and employees at the STAR Health Center - Brookdale site. For more information on the STAR Program, click here.
Star Health Center - Brookdale provides the following services:
Star Health Center - Brookdale
Director: Andre Brutus, MD
• HIV Care
All STAR Health Center (SHC)-Brookdale patients are assigned to a primary care provider who works with each patient to jointly develop a treatment plan to manage HIV as well as other medical issues that may be unrelated to HIV.
• HCV Care
SHC-Brookdale provides comprehensive HCV care and treatment for patients who are HIV/HCV dually infected or HCV mono-infected.
• Dental Care
Dental care is provided on-site in a designated dental suite at SHC-Brookdale two days per week.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is available to patients who are HIV negative but who are at risk of acquiring HIV. Medical and non-medical follow-up, benefits navigation, and linkage to other services is also provided.
When needed, our doctors will refer patients to Brookdale subspecialty services such as cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, neurology, renal, general surgery, rheumatology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, urology, orthopedics, and podiatry.
• Clinical Pharmacists
Clinical pharmacists help patients elect the medication therapy that best meets each patient’s needs, provide ongoing adherence education, advise on drug/drug interactions (both prescribed and OTC), assess for any adverse effects and provide patient education and health promotion (e.g., smoking cessation).
• Behavioral Health Services
Integrated behavioral health services address trauma, mental illness, and addiction, both on-site and home-based. Individual, group and family counseling, substance use disorder counseling, harm reduction, crisis intervention, bereavement counseling, support groups and relationship-building activities, are provided by a team of NYS licensed social workers (LMSW/LCSW) and mental health counselors (LMHC). Evidence-based interventions include Seeking Safety and Motivational Interviewing.
• Care Coordination
SHC ensures that PLWH receive the support they need to maintain continuous engagement in HIV primary care and have a “medical home.” Patient Navigators are key to the program, providing home visits, appointment accompaniment to medical and support services, ongoing support, education and directly observed therapy (DOT).
• Case Management Services
SHC-Brookdale social workers ensure that all needed concrete and support services are in place to ensure comprehensive care. These include public assistance, SSA/SSI, HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA); home care; housing programs; MTA Half-Fare Program/Access-A-Ride; legal services; food assistance; vocational services; and day treatment programs.
• Insurance Assistance
A Certified Application Counselor (CAC) from Diaspora Community Services is on-site at SHC-Brookdale 2 day per week to assist patients with enrollment into qualified health plans and options for undocumented patients (emergency Medicaid, safety net charity programs).