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NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC HH Coney Island Logo.svg
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Geography
Location 2601 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Coordinates 40°35′07″N 73°57′56″W / 40.5854°N 73.9655°W / 40.5854; -73.9655Coordinates: 40°35′07″N 73°57′56″W / 40.5854°N 73.9655°W / 40.5854; -73.9655
Organization
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Services
Beds 371[1][2]
History
Founded 1875; 141 years ago (1875)[3]
Links
Website coneyislandhospital.com
Lists Hospitals in New York
Other links Hospitals in the United States
The hospital's Behavioral Health Clinic

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, formerly known as Coney Island Hospital, is a public hospital located in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. It is owned by NYC Health + Hospitals, a public benefit corporation of the city. The hospital is home to FDNY-EMS Station 43, formerly NYC-EMS Station 31.

The hospital was renamed in November 2015 as a reflection of its parent organization's rebranding.[4]

History[edit]

In 1875, Coney Island Hospital began as a first aid station on the oceanfront beach near West Third Street. Most cases were feet cut by broken bottles.[3]

On May 12, 1902, a small wooden building, one and one half stories high, on Sea Breeze Avenue, was rented to serve as an emergency hospital during the summer months. It was called the Sea Breeze Hospital but officially known as Reception Hospital, an annex of the Kings County Hospital. It had 20 beds and facilities for emergency treatment. Patients requiring more were taken to Kings County Hospital, about seven miles away, in a horse-drawn ambulance.[3]

Rapid population growth in South Brooklyn called for a large and permanent hospital. In 1908, construction of a 100-bed hospital was started, north of Coney Island Creek and east of Ocean Parkway. With the help of Robert W. Hebberd, Coney Island Hospital was dedicated on May 18, 1910, then a six-building complex.[5] Population growth continued and so in 1954 the two white brick towers that make up the current hospital were opened. In Spring 2006, Coney Island Hospital opened a new inpatient bed tower.[3]

By 2011, the hospital became the biggest employer in southern Brooklyn. Hurricane Irene resulted in the hospital's first full-scale evacuation, since the buildings are located in Flood Zone A.[6]

Services[edit]

The hospital has been recognized for clinical innovations in Primary Care, Adolescent Medicine, Nuclear Medicine and Emergency Services. Interpreter services can be provided day or night in over 130 languages. Changing demographics has resulted in challenges for staff.[7]

At 371 beds, Coney Island Hospital is the major medical service provider in southern Brooklyn with over 16,000 discharges and over 250,000 outpatient visits. The hospital's emergency department was recently renovated after Superstorm Sandy, and now handles more than 72,000 annual visits.[3][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "About". NYC Health + Hospitals. 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Coney Island Hospital". New York State Department of Health. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "History". NYC Health + Hospitals. 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gamble, Molly (November 10, 2015). "A new name for NYC Health and Hospitals Corp.: 5 things to know". Becker's Hospital Review. Becker's Healthcare. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "R.W. Hebberd Dead; Long in Charities". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. November 25, 1928. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ Kane, Jason (August 26, 2011). "The Anatomy of Coney Island Hospital's Hurricane Evacuation". PBS NewsHour. NewsHour Productions. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ Silberner, Joanne (May 31, 2001). "Coney Island Hospital". Morning Edition. NPR. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 

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