Coney Island Hospital

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Coney Island Hospital
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
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Location Brooklyn, New York, United States
Emergency department Yes
Beds 371
Founded 1875
Lists Hospitals in New York

Coney Island Hospital is a public hospital located in Brooklyn, New York City. It is owned by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.


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.

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.

Rapid population growth 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. On May 18, 1910, it dedicated. Coney Island Hospital consisted of six buildings, namely; Main Hospital Building, Nurses Home, Employees Dormitory, Laboratory Building, Power Plant and Laundry Building. 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.

By 2011, the hospital became the biggest employer in southern Brooklyn. Hurricane Irene resulted in the hospital's first full-scale evacuation.[1]

Behavioral Health Clinic

Coney Island Hospital is home to FDNY-EMS Station 43 formerly NYC-EMS Station 31


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.[2]

At 371 beds, Coney Island Hospital is the major medical service provider in southern Brooklyn with over 18,000 discharges, over 300,000 outpatient visits at its four sites, and its busy Emergency Department.

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  1. ^ The Anatomy of Coney Island Hospital's Hurricane Evacuation" By Jason Kane, PBS. 26 August 2011
  2. ^ "Coney Island Hospital" Joanne Silberner, NPR 31 May 2001

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Coordinates: 40°35′07″N 73°57′56″W / 40.5854°N 73.9655°W / 40.5854; -73.9655