Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital

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Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Location 1 Main Street, New York, NY, United States
Coordinates 40°46′13″N 73°56′32″W / 40.77028°N 73.94222°W / 40.77028; -73.94222Coordinates: 40°46′13″N 73°56′32″W / 40.77028°N 73.94222°W / 40.77028; -73.94222
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type Specialist
Beds 1,025 (Coler Campus)
991 (Goldwater Campus)[1]
Speciality Chronic care
Physical rehabilitation
Alzheimer's care
Chronic medical ventilator-dependent care (Goldwater Campus)
Founded 1939 (Welfare Hospital for Chronic Disease)
1952 (Bird S. Coler Hospital)
Closed 2013
Lists Hospitals in the United States

Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility (also known as Coler-Goldwater Memorial Hospital) was a 2016-bed chronic care facility on New York City's Roosevelt Island that provided services such as rehabilitation and specialty nursing. The hospital was formed in 1996 by the merger of two separate chronic care hospitals on Roosevelt Island:[2] Goldwater Memorial Hospital, which opened in 1939 as the Welfare Hospital for Chronic Disease[3] on a 9.9 acre (4.0 hectare) tract just south of the Queensboro Bridge; and Bird S. Coler Hospital, which opened in 1952 and occupies most of the north tip of the island. The Welfare Hospital was renamed for Dr. S.S. Goldwater, the New York City Hospitals Commissioner responsible for the hospital complex master plan, in 1942.[4] The hospital included a Medical Library.

The hospitals were built on city-owned land, and Goldwater south campus closed at the end of 2013.[5] Hospitals on the south side are to be the site of a new Cornell Tech campus, which is beginning demolition and construction in 2014. Plans to close the hospital and relocate its patients were first announced in 2010. The hospital closed on December 31, 2013, and demolition was underway by mid-January 2014 with the removal of asbestos.[6][7][8] City officials say there are no immediate plans to close the north campus.[9]


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