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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and El Centro Hispano Partner to Vaccinate Members of Hispanic Community

Released May 3, 2021

White Plains, NY, May 3, 2021: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains has stepped up to help ensure that all eligible people in the community who want the COVID-19 vaccine can receive it, including those who are medically underserved. To enhance accessibility, Burke and El Centro Hispano, a White Plains not-for-profit organization serving the needs of the Hispanic population in Westchester County, have teamed up to provide a steady source of vaccines to clients of the organization. 

To facilitate vaccine distribution, Burke set aside appointment times which staff at El Centro Hispano filled for their community members who do not have access to a computer for registration, or who do not speak proficient English. The program to date has resulted in 166 clients of El Centro Hispano receiving vaccinations through Burke.

Burke and El Centro Hispano urge all eligible people to receive a vaccination to protect their health and the well-being of their loved ones, friends and community members.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital in White Plains, NY. Founded in 1915 through an endowment from philanthropist John Masterson Burke, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to adult rehabilitation medicine. Burke is a member of the Montefiore Health System, Inc. The hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or surgery. For additional information, please visit burke.org.

 El Centro Hispano (www.elcentrohispano.org)  was founded 47 years ago by Executive Director Isabel Villar to serve the roughly 250,000 people of Hispanic origin living in Westchester County. In 2020, the organization provided support services to more than 6,500 unique individuals, totaling more than 15,000 separate social services.  These include housing referrals, food distribution, educational resources for children and adults, and employment and legal assistance.

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