Kings County Hospital Center

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Kings County Hospital Center
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC)
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Western building.
Location 451 Clarkson Ave., Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States
Hospital type Teaching, trauma, psychiatric
Affiliated university SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Emergency department Level 1 Trauma Center
Beds 639[1]
Founded 1831
Lists Hospitals in New York

Kings County Hospital Center is a hospital located at 451 Clarkson Avenue in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City. It is under the umbrella of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the municipal agency which runs New York City's public hospitals. It was named the country's first Level 1 trauma center[2] Several police officers have been quoted as saying, "If I get shot... bring me to Kings County." [3]


Kings County Hospital Center was first established in 1830 as the Brooklyn County Almshouse.[4]The first hospital building was constructed in 1837 after land was purchased from the Martense family for three thousand dollars.[5]

In 1997 KCHC began a modernization program.[2] Phase I, a 250,000 sq ft (23,000 m2) bed tower was completed in 2001, Phase II, a 260,000 sq ft (24,000 m2) treatment and diagnostic center was completed in 2005, and Phase III, an ambulatory center, was added in 2006. This work was managed by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, with the Gilbane/TDX Joint Venture as the Construction Manager. A 300,000 sq ft (28,000 m2) Behaviorial Health Center was added in 2008.[citation needed]

In 2003, the US Army established a training program at the hospital called the Academy of Advanced Combat Medicine to train reservists in an emergency room that has received 600 cases per year of gunshot and stabbing victims.[6]


Kings County Hospital has paid out more than 13 of all medical malpractice claims against the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (over $60 million). Since there are 11 city hospitals, this indicates that the hospital has a very high amount of malpractice claims compared to other city hospitals. In fact, it has been the most-sued hospital of the city's health care system.[7]

On June 19, 2008, Esmin Green, a 49-year old native of the United States, died in the waiting room of the hospital's G Building, a psychiatric ward, which resulted in several people being fired, as well as pending investigations and lawsuits. The incident came in the midst of a federal lawsuit charging neglect by the hospital.[8][9]


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  2. ^ a b "HHC - Kings County Hospital Center". Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  3. ^ ANDY NEWMAN (July 15, 2007). "In Hospital Scrubs and Officer's Blues, a Kinship - New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  4. ^ Brooklyn Historical Society. "Brooklyn County Almshouse Questionnaire". Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
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  6. ^ Bleyer, Jennifer. "Battlefield Medics Shaped in Civilian Setting", The New York Times, December 6, 2005. "The program, called the Academy of Advanced Combat Medicine, started at Kings County two years ago when officers from the 5,300-person Eighth Medical Brigade, based at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, decided to train their reservists in a civilian emergency room.... The hospital's highly regarded, extremely busy emergency room admits 1,200 major trauma patients each year, among the most in the city."
  7. ^ "WNYC - News - Kings County Hospital Facing Another Lawsuit". Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Hospital video shows no one helped dying woman," New York Daily News, 30 June 2008
  9. ^ BBC News Video shows death of US patient

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