- Associated Press - Saturday, April 23, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York health officials have commissioned a study of health care in in central and northeastern Brooklyn and options for improving it.

The Health Department has awarded a $500,000 grant for the feasibility study to Northwell Health, formerly known as the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

The study is expected to be submitted over the next three to four months.

The study will examine potential management arrangements or partnerships among hospitals.

They include Brookdale Medical Center, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Interfaith Medical Center, Wyckoff Heights Hospital and University Hospital Brooklyn.

The five operate in areas with high rates of obesity, diabetes, infant mortality, congestive heart failure and alcohol and drug abuse.

Many residents rely on hospital emergency departments for primary care, while the hospitals have financial losses.

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