Less than eight months after area officials and Planned Parenthood representatives broke ground on a new branch of the health system in Long Island City, they were back to christen the new space Monday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The two-story, 14,000-square-foot Diane L. Max Health Center, located at 21-41 45 Road on the site of a former lumber yard, now sports a community and health education space, six exam rooms and two procedure rooms.

It will offer health insurance enrollment services and the staff will be able to communicate in more than 30 languages, including Spanish, Italian, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French Creole and Russian.

The space’s management is waiting to receive a certificate of occupancy and approval from the state Health Department; if all goes according to plan, it will open its doors in mid-June.

At the ceremony, several speakers from Planned Parenthood asserted that the center, which has bright colors and amenities aimed to comfort patients, will bring aid to individuals regardless of their income level, immigration status or place of residence.

The facility is expected to serve more than 17,000 patients a year.

 

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