Jessica Arrocho, Advisory Board Member
by Benjamin Fang
Apr 09, 2019 | 2986 views | 0 0 comments | 442 442 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As a longtime member of the Woodhull Hospital Community Advisory Board, Bushwick resident Jessica Arrocho sees her role as the voice of the neighborhood.

The board represents the views of the community in its decision-making process, and also keeps the neighborhood informed of the hospital’s goals, plans and programs.

“People come to us, we’re activists,” she said. “Part of our job, our duties, is to bring forth not just the bad, but the good.”

Arrocho said residents share with them their experiences at the community hospital. One of the biggest challenges is long waiting periods. Another is letting the community know that the hospital has to service them, with or without insurance.

“A lot of people don’t get that,” she said. “It’s our job to educate the community.”

Over the last dozen years serving on the advisory board, Arrocho said this year has been the most inspiring to her.

Part of that inspiration is working with Gregory Calliste, Woodhull Hospital’s chief executive officer.

“He goes out to the community, to medical facilities, builds partnerships,” she said. “Guess who goes with him? The CAB. We do it as a team.”

Last week, Arrocho represented the advisory board at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new supportive housing building on the hospital’s campus. That dream also took a dozen years to fulfill.

“It makes me emotional because I was a part of it from the very beginning until now, the fruition,” she said. “That’s beautiful.

“Permanent low-income housing on our Woodhull campus is a great thing, for not just the 89 persons that live in this residence, but for the entire community,” Arrocho added. “The Woodhull CAB is proud to have participated as a partner in this process and providing our support to make this project a reality.”
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