Mount Sinai Beth Israel

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Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Mount Sinai Health System
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Linsky Pavilion of the Petrie Division on First Avenue and 16th Street in Manhattan. This façade has appeared in many sitcoms, including Friends.
Location First Avenue at 16th Street,
New York City, NY, United States
Coordinates 40°44′01″N 73°58′57″W / 40.7335°N 73.9826°W / 40.7335; -73.9826Coordinates: 40°44′01″N 73°58′57″W / 40.7335°N 73.9826°W / 40.7335; -73.9826
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Network Mount Sinai Health System
Emergency department Level II trauma center
Beds 799[1]
Founded 1889[1]
Lists Hospitals in the United States

Mount Sinai Beth Israel is an 799-bed, full-service tertiary teaching hospital in New York City.[1] Originally dedicated to serving immigrant Jews living in the tenement slums of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, it was founded at the turn of the 20th century. Now it serves the diverse population of Lower Manhattann including Manhattan's Lower East Side, as well as Chinatown, Gramercy, the West Village, Chelsea, as well as many neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

The main hospital building is known as the Petrie Division, located at First Avenue and 16th Street facing Stuyvesant Square. Other campuses included Mount Sinai Brooklyn in Midwood and Mount Sinai Downtown-Union Square (formerly Phillips Ambulatory Care Center) at Union Square. It is an academic affiliate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The hospital recruited specialists to expand services in heart disease, cancer, neurology, and orthopedics. Other medical specialties include gastrointestinal disease, chemical dependency, psychiatric disorders, pain management and palliative care, and HIV/AIDS research and treatment.[1] The hospital also has significantly advanced its commitment to community-based ambulatory care and expanding patient access to primary and specialty care. Mount Sinai Beth Israel has one of the nation's largest networks of methadone treatment programs.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel is a member of the Mount Sinai Health System, a nonprofit health system formed by the merger of Continuum Health Partners and The Mount Sinai Medical Center in September 2013. Before the merger, the facility was known as Beth Israel Medical Center.


Beth Israel is Hebrew for "House of Israel." Beth Israel was incorporated in 1890 by a group of 40 Orthodox Jews on the Lower East Side each of whom paid 25 cents to set up a hospital serving New York's Jewish immigrants, particularly newcomers. At the time New York's hospitals would not treat patients who had been in the city less than a year. It initially opened a dispensary on the Lower East Side. In 1891 it opened a 20-bed hospital and in 1892 expanded again and moved into a 115-bed hospital in 1902.[2] In 1929 it moved into a 13-story, 500-bed building at its current location at the corner of Stuyvesant Square. It purchased its neighbor the Manhattan General Hospital in 1964 and renamed the complex Beth Israel Medical Center, located at First Avenue and 16th Street in Manhattan.[2]

Beth Israel Medical Center as seen from Stuyvesant Square

By the 1980s it had long extended beyond its Jewish base. In 1988 it had the largest network of heroin-treatment clinics in the United States with 7,500 patients and 23 facilities.[2] It acquired Doctors Hospital on the Upper East Side in the 1990s, renaming it Beth Israel Medical Center-Singer Division, and Kings Highway Hospital Center in 1995, renaming it Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division. In 2004, Beth Israel Medical Center closed the Singer Division and consolidated its Manhattan inpatient operations at the main hospital campus, called the Petrie Division, on First Avenue at 16th Street in Manhattan.

As of 2010 Mount Sinai Beth Israel has residency training programs in nearly every major field of medicine including: Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, ENT, Oral and maxillofacial surgery, Radiology, Family Medicine, Dermatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Psychiatry, Podiatry, and Urology. The Mount Sinai Health System of which Beth Israel is a member, provides resident trainees with subsidized housing and a competitive salary. Mount Sinai Beth Israel also has a department of Chiropractics,[3] Music Therapy, and Acupuncture. On November 22, 2013 the official name of Beth Israel Medical Center was changed to Mount Sinai Beth Israel, as a part of the merger with Mount Sinai to form the Mount Sinai Health System.

On May 25, 2016, Mount Sinai announced a significant restructuring of the downtown campus, with plans to build a new hospital with 70 inpatient beds on a site next to NYEE. This would occur over four years, after which the main hospital on 16th street would be closed. [4]

On June 11, 2017, the hospital's Labor and Delivery department closed.[5] Also in 2017, the hospital's "Continuum Center for Health and Healing" closed.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "About the hospital". Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "CBSi". 
  3. ^ Staff. "Our Physicians". Beth Israel Medical Center. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ Santora, Marc (May 25, 2016). "Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan Will Close to Rebuild Smaller". The New York Times. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ Schwartz, Arthur D. (July 6, 2017) "The Closure of Beth Israel Will Be Stopped" WestView News
  6. ^ Gorski, David (June 5, 2017). "The closure of major integrative medicine "Crown Jewels": Terminating the Terminator?". Science-Based Medicine. 

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