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World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program

The World Trade Center (WTC) Medical Monitoring & Treatment Program

Richmond University Medical Center has partnered with Mount Sinai Medical Center to bring the World Trade Center Responders Medical Monitoring Program to Staten Island.

Learn more about the program by clicking here.

For an appointment or information about the Staten Island site and the services offered at 690 Castleton Avenue, across the street from the hospital, call 718-360-1300.

Richmond University Medical Center is proud to be an affiliated site in The World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health. This program has been brought to Staten Island to meet the needs of responders who were exposed to World Trade Center toxins while taking part in the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program provides two kinds of services to WTC responders:

  • Medical monitoring examinations. We follow the health of those who were exposed to WTC toxins while taking part in the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts.
  • Treatment services. Free medical treatment is available to WTC responders who suffer from certain illnesses. These illnesses may have been caused by WTC exposures.
  • Medical Monitoring: tracking the health of 9/11 responders.

9/11 responders can come to the program for free, confidential and regular medical monitoring examinations. People who qualify include rescue and recovery workers, clean-up workers, anyone who performed essential restoration services, morgue personnel and those who worked on the Fresh Kills landfill and barges. To find out whether you are eligible, call 888-702-0630. Participants in our program are entitled to an extensive medical monitoring examination every 18 months.

  • Physical examination by a doctor
  • Routine blood and urine tests (no drug or HIV testing)
  • Breathing tests
  • Interview by doctor or nurse about your medical history
  • Mental health questionnaire
  • Questionnaire about your occupational exposures
  • Referral for treatment, if necessary
  • Advice on workers’ compensation and other benefit programs, if necessary

Medical Treatment for 9/11 Responders

The program provides free treatment, including: doctors' visits, diagnostic testing and medications for conditions related to your exposure to the WTC disaster. Here is a list of conditions covered by this program:

Aerodigestive Disorders

New onset or aggravation of pre-existing conditions for which clinical findings suggest onset is related to WTC exposure/injury:

  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Chronic respiratory disorder – fumes/vapors
  • Asthma reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
  • WTC-exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic cough syndrome
  • Upper airway hyperreactivity
  • Chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic nasopharyngitis
  • Chronic laryngitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
  • Sleep apnea exacerbated by or related to the above conditions

Mental Health Conditions

New onset or aggravation of pre-existing conditions for which clinical findings suggest onset is related to WTC exposure/injury:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) major depressive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Anxiety disorder (not otherwise specified)
  • Depression (not otherwise specified)
  • Acute stress disorder
  • Dysthymic disorder
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Substance abuse
  • “V codes” (treatments not specifically related to psychiatric disorders, such as marital problems, parenting problems, etc.)

Musculoskeletal Disorders

New onset or aggravation of pre-existing conditions for which careful review of symptoms or other clinical information suggests relationship to WTC exposure/injury:

  • Low back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • Other musculoskeletal disorders

Are you eligible?

This program serves the workers and volunteers who responded to the September 11th attacks. If you did any paid work or volunteered, on or after September 11th, for tasks directly related to the disaster, you may qualify. To find out whether you are eligible, call 888-702-0630.

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