North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Systems executives, little leaguers, and various elected officials joined Santana and Manual at the opening.
Located on the field level concourse in the right field corner, the health center will be open during Mets home games throughout the season, educating fans on a wide variety of health-related topics.
“We want to educate and promote to our fans the benefits of engaging in a healthy lifestyle,” New York Mets President Saul Katz said. “The Health Information Team brings the superior talent and care of doctors and clinicians at North Shore-LIJ directly to fans at Citi Field and provides a glimpse into what’s to come at the Katz Women’s Hospital.”
North Shore-LIJ, the largest healthcare provider in the New York metropolitan area, has created the Health Information Team (HIT) to educate fans with multimedia displays and provide private consultations.
Neeta Shah, vice president of Women’s Health Services at North Shore-LIJ, said with the new emphasis being placed on healthcare and reform, there is a larger need to educate individuals on living healthy lifestyles.
“As an organization, we have a major focus on improving the healthcare in the community we serve,” Shah said. “What better place to do that than right here at the ballpark.”
Six children from the Ridgewood/Glendale/Middle Village/Maspeth Little League peppered North Shore Chief of Cardiology Stacy Rosen with health-related questions as a part of the event. The young baseball players were also able to obtain autographs from both Santana and Manuel.
In honor of the opening of the center, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed April 7 “Health Information Team Day.”
“Our administration has worked hard to improve health care access and eliminate health care disparities facing New Yorkers,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a written statement. “Today, we’re proud to join the New York Mets, the Long Island Jewish Health System, and everyone gathered for the opening pitch of the Health Information Team at Citi Field.”
The Health Information Team will be open when fans enter the ballpark and will close in the middle of the seventh inning.