James J. Peters VA Medical Center

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James J. Peters VA Medical Center
Veterans Health Administration
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LocationKingsbridge, Bronx, New York, United States
Coordinates40°52′02″N 73°54′22″W / 40.86732525°N 73.90614128°W / 40.86732525; -73.90614128Coordinates: 40°52′02″N 73°54′22″W / 40.86732525°N 73.90614128°W / 40.86732525; -73.90614128
Care systemVeterans Health Administration
FundingGovernment hospital
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityIcahn School of Medicine, North Central Bronx Hospital[1]
NetworkVeterans Integrated Service Networks 2: VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network
ListsHospitals in New York
Other linksHospitals in The Bronx

The James J. Peters VA Medical Center, (also known as the Bronx Veterans Hospital), is a US Department of Veterans Affairs hospital complex located at 130 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge, Bronx, New York City. The hospital is the headquarters of the Veterans Integrated Service Networks New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network.[2] This network is also the parent network to VA New York Harbor Healthcare System.

The campus falls under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police.


Prior to the creation of the Bronx Veterans Hospital, the site was used by the Sisters of Charity of New York as the Bronx Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum.[3][4][5] The hospital opened as United States Veterans' Hospital no. 81 on April 15, 1922.[6][7][8]

By the 1970s, the original hospital had deteriorated to the point that a Life magazine article was written about it.[9][10] One of the hospital's patients during this time period was Ron Kovic, who described the hospital as having "deplorable conditions".[11][12] The hospital was eventually rebuilt in the late 1970s to address these issues.[13][14][15]

The Bronx Veterans hospital was renamed after James J. Peters in 2002.[16] Peters, a US Army veteran, was patient of the Bronx Veterans Hospital who founded several organizations to address the needs of patients with spinal cord injuries, including the United Spinal Association, originally known as the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association.[17]

The Fisher House Foundation is building two Fisher houses on the James J. Peters VA Medical Center grounds in 2018.[18]


Sterling and Yalow receiving Middleton Award 1973

Deaths of notable people[edit]

Boy's chapel at the Bronx VA Hospital
The original buildings of the Bronx Veterans Hospital centered on the Four Chaplains' Memorial Pool
Overview of the medical campus. The research building is on the right.

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  1. ^ "ACGME - Accreditation Data System (ADS) 1403531517 - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Bronx) Program". apps.acgme.org. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  2. ^ "New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network". www.visn2.va.gov. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Stephen (1912). The Story of the Bronx from the Purchase Made by the Dutch from the Indians in 1639 to the Present Day. G.P. Putnam's Sons. pp. 343–344. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  4. ^ Twomey, Bill; Casey, Thomas X. (2011). Northwest Bronx. Arcadia Publishing. p. 41. ISBN 9780738574660. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  5. ^ McAuley, Kathleen A.; Hermalyn, Gary (2010). The Bronx. Arcadia Publishing. p. 78. ISBN 9780738573151. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Veterans' Hospital Opens in the Bronx - Archbishop Hayes and Group of Prominent Persons Attend Dedication Exercises - Beds Provided for 1,000 - Radio Consultation Conducted With Physician on Ship Seventy-Five Miles Away". New York Times. April 16, 1922. p. 23. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  7. ^ "About the James J. Peters VA Medical Center". va.gov. United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  8. ^ "VA locations". va.gov. United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  9. ^ Childs, Charles; Rentmeester, Co (22 May 1970). "Our Forgotten Wounded". Life magazine. pp. 24D - 34. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  10. ^ Bohica (April 17, 2005). "Our Forgotten Wounded (graphic heavy)". Daily Kos. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  11. ^ Scheer, Robert (19 February 2016). "Ron Kovic and the Continuing Struggle for Veterans". KCRW. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  12. ^ Lopez, Steve (November 8, 2014). "Forty years after 'Fourth of July,' Ron Kovic still speaking up against war". latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  13. ^ Duddy, James (February 24, 1976). "Picket Kingsbridge for minority jobs". Newspapers.com. New York Daily News. p. ML7. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Prox Raps VA over cost of Bronx building". Newspapers.com. New York Daily News. 17 Mar 1975. p. 24. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  15. ^ Lane, Robert (8 Jul 1973). "Attack St. Albans' Beaching". Newspapers.com. New York Daily News. p. B2. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths – Peters, James J." The New York Times. 11 September 2002. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  17. ^ Bodner, Donald R; Murphy, Carolann (October 2009). "Pioneer in Advocacy: The Legacy of James J. Peters". The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 32 (5): 501–502. doi:10.1080/10790268.2009.11754552. ISSN 1079-0268. PMC 2792456. PMID 20025146.
  18. ^ "Bronx Fisher Houses I & II". www.fisherhouse.org. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  19. ^ Gellene, Denise (1 June 2011). "Rosalyn S. Yalow, 89, Nobel Physicist". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Western immigrants honored at Knesset award ceremony". The Times of Israel.
  21. ^ Altman, Lawrence K. (March 10, 2009). "Charles Lieber, Studied Alcohol as Toxin, Is Dead at 78". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  22. ^ "PASSINGS". Los Angeles Times. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  23. ^ Kovic, Ron (27 September 2007). "Born on the Fourth of July: The Long Journey Home :: PEJ News". Retrieved 22 December 2017. Most of them were not even born when I came home wounded to the Bronx V.A. (hospital) in 1968.

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