Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

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Coordinates: 40°39′18″N 73°54′45″W / 40.65500°N 73.91250°W / 40.65500; -73.91250

Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
Location1 Brookdale Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Care systemPrivate
FundingNon-profit hospital
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityNew York Medical College, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York University College of Dentistry
Emergency departmentLevel 1 Trauma Certification
ListsHospitals in New York
Other linksHospitals in Brooklyn

The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center (Brookdale) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) medical services provider in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City. Brookdale’s primary and secondary service areas together comprise 1 million residents. It serves most of Eastern Brooklyn.

Brookdale is one of Brooklyn's largest voluntary nonprofit teaching hospitals and a regional tertiary care center. It provides 24-hour emergency services, numerous outpatient programs and long-term specialty care.

Brookdale is one of Brooklyn’s largest full service emergency departments and one of 15 Level 1 Trauma Centers in New York City.[1] It is one of 14 New York State DOH designated Stroke Centers in Brooklyn.[2] It provides numerous outpatient Ambulatory care services in both on campus and off site facilities. Brookdale specializes in rehabilitative medicine and long-term specialty care in its Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation and in addition is home to 86 units of assisted living and independent housing in the Arlene and David Schlang Pavilion.


Brookdale opened on April 11, 1921 with one building housing 75 beds between Brownsville, East New York, and Canarsie. The first President of the Medical Board was Simon R. Blatteis, who was also a leading figure in organizing the development of the hospital.[3] Originally called the Brownsville and East New York Hospital, it was renamed Beth-El Hospital in 1932. The hospital, under the directorship of Jacob Rutstein, greatly expanded its facilities at that time. It became Brookdale Hospital in 1963, and Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in 1971. In 1993, Brookdale opened the first designated long term AIDS center in Brooklyn. It was later renamed the Treatment for Life Center. The Radutzky Emergency Care Pavilion was dedicated in 1982, and was designated a Level I Trauma Center in the same year. A major expansion was completed in 2004. In 2005 Brookdale became a 911 receiving Stroke Center.


Brookdale is both a treatment facility and an academic medical center, certified with 530 acute-care beds, and more than 50 specialty clinics. In addition, Brookdale and its affiliates comprise the following:

  • 448 skilled nursing beds located in the affiliated Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
  • 86 units of assisted living and independent living housing in the Arlene and David Schlang Pavilion.
  • A comprehensive Adult Day Care Center
  • A Comprehensive Health Center, an advanced 16-level, fully equipped inpatient facility.
  • A state-of-the art Emergency Department with a Level I Trauma Center and a full range of 24-hour emergency services.
  • A community mental health center, an ambulatory surgery center and a 16-chair dental suite.
  • OB space with Labor, Delivery, and Recovery Suites.
  • An Urgent Care Center
  • Six primary care Brookdale Family Care Centers, located in the outlying communities.
  • Pharmacy - The Department was the spearhead for statewide clinical services, led by the longtime New York State Board of Pharmacy President, Seymour Katz, and currently led by Johnny Ha. It has many advanced clinical programs and training in PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice and the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care residency programs each enroll 2 residents per year.[4][5]

Superstorm Sandy[edit]

In late October 2012, a few days before expected arrival Hurricane Sandy in New York, Brookdale Hospital was enlisted by the New York State Department of Health in the State’s emergency response efforts to the anticipated storm. Brookdale was asked to house and care for 105 acute-care nursing home residents and hospital patients at its main hospital facility. Ninety-five residents from three nursing homes in the zone of flood risk (Lawrence Nursing Home, Ocean Promenade Nursing Center, and Shore View Nursing Center). The remaining 10 patients came from Coney Island Hospital, also in the probable flood zone. Patients under the supervision of the US Public Health Service arrived on October 31, 2012 and stayed through the end of November, 2012.

Preparing to accommodate these nursing home residents and hospital patients involved an emergency staff effort to retrofit two hospital floors that were being used for hospital storage. On October 10, 2013, Brookdale was awarded $2.3 million for unreimbursed operating costs to house and care for nursing home residents as well as other patients in its main building in Brooklyn, and for the expenses incurred to renovate and retrofit two floors in the hospital to make them patient-ready.


  1. ^ "New York City Region Trauma Centers". New York State Trauma Centers. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Regional EMS Council of New York City Designated Stroke Centers". New York. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  3. ^ Samuel Philip Abelow, History of Brooklyn Jewry (1937), p. 226.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-29. Retrieved 2016-03-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Halim, Qazi A. (1 June 2013). "NYSCHP Presidential Address". Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 26 (3): 291–293. doi:10.1177/0897190013490563. PMID 23739877.

External links[edit]

  • [1] Brookdale web site general information
  • [2] Brookdale web site contact information