Flushing-based doctor wins $5,000 grant for local business organization


Dr He, Rob MacKay, CEQD Public Relations Director and HSBC staff at the check presentation on October 29. (Image provided by Rob MacKay)

November 11, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

A Flushing-based doctor who set up COVID-19 testing centers across the city has received an award from an international bank for providing residents with free screenings.

Dr. Cong He, an anesthesiologist who practices at Flushing Anesthesia Pain Management at 41st Highway, has been named a recipient of HSBC’s ‘Small Business Spotlight Series’ which recognizes clients who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the community.

The bank gave him a grant of $5,000, which is to be awarded to a non-profit organization of his choice.

Dr. He donated the grant to the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), a non-profit organization that helps local entrepreneurs and aims to strengthen Queens’ economy. Dr. He presented the check to QEDC on October 29.

Dr. He, who is a customer of the bank, received the grant for setting up COVID-19 testing centers in the five boroughs with the help of his two sons. Residents can visit the centers and get tested for the virus for free.

Rob MacKay, director of public relations, marketing and tourism for CEQD, said he was shocked to hear the news of the donation since Dr He has no affiliation with the organization.

“That was the definition of ‘pleasantly surprised,’ we don’t get phone calls like that every day,” MacKay said.

MacKay added that the grant comes at a good time because the economic downturn is making it more difficult for the organization to raise funds.

“We’re really happy to receive the money and thrilled that the work we do is being recognized by people in the community,” MacKay said.

The donation will go to the organization’s general operating fund which covers the cost of a number of services, such as helping entrepreneurs develop business plans to help them take advantage of government loans and grants.

“We also do a lot of other things for small businesses, including hosting events, foodie events, and we also help promote the borough for tourism,” McKay said.

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