HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATION
LILLlAM BARRIOS-PAOLI, Administrator/Commissioner
December 23, 1997
Pamela Frederick, Chair
Dear Ms. Frederick:
The letter you, Ms. Roberts, Ms. Dorman and Mr. Gay wrote to Mayor Giuliani dated November 6, 1997 regarding the contracted facility Health Services Systems (HS Systems) was forwarded to my office for a response.
We are keenly aware of the various criticisms leveled at HS Systems and we are carefully reviewing the concerns raised in your letter. As a consequence, we have made and will be making more field visits to the facility to assess and observe the situation, so that we can take the appropriate follow-up actions. We are also currently discussing the feasibility of changing the entrances.
HS Systems has had a good track record with HRA and we are sure that they will continue to cooperate to address your concerns. According to HS Systems, they have made several improvements which they shared in their letter to you dated August 1, 1997. They include:
With regard to the Certificate of Occupancy (C of 0), it is the responsibility of the landlord, and not the tenant (HS Systems), to obtain it. According to information provided to us, the C of 0 is in effect, after having been amended for a restaurant.
The current contract with HS Systems expires on September 30), 1998, and HRA expects to issue a Request for Proposals for medical screening services. It is our expectation that qualified agencies will participate in this competition and that the best agency/agencies will be selected.
We hope to gain the support and understanding of the community for our efforts to address the issues you have raised. We must work together, and to that end. Myrna Payne, HRA’s Community Affairs Borough Coordinator who attends your Community Board District Service Cabinet meetings, discussed the issues with Tim Gay, your Board’s Quality of Life Committee Chairperson, and his concerns were shared with appropriate HRA staff for follow-up.
Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. We look forward to working with you and the community to resolve these issues.