Maimonides Medical Center

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Maimonides Medical Center
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10th Avenue
Location 4802 Tenth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Care system Private
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Albert Einstein College of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine , Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine[1]
Emergency department Yes
Beds 711[1]
Founded 1911
Lists Hospitals in New York

Maimonides Medical Center is a non-profit, non-sectarian hospital located in Borough Park, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, in the U.S. state of New York.[2] Maimonides is both a treatment facility and academic medical center with 711 beds, and more than 70 primary care and sub-specialty programs.[3] As of August 1, 2016, Maimonides Medical Center is an adult and pediatric trauma center, and Brooklyn's only pediatric trauma center.[4]


Early years[edit]

The institution was founded in 1911 as the New Utrecht Dispensary. Several small dispensaries merged with Utrecht in 1919 to form the Israel Hospital of Brooklyn. In 1920 Israel Hospital merged with Zion Hospital to form United Israel Zion Hospital, later renamed Israel Zion Hospital.

cornerstone (still in place) at Israel Zion hospital building

Maimonides Medical Center was formed as a result of the merger of United Israel Zion Hospital and Beth Moses Hospital in 1947. The institution was named after Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, a 12th century Jewish philosopher.[5]

Deadly fire[edit]

In 1993, a faulty respirator supplying oxygen to an elderly woman exploded, killing her and two other patients.[6] Investigators said that an electrical fault in the machine had caused it to ignite. The fire created a blast fed by pure oxygen, which sent a fireball through a seventh-floor window.[6] Fire officials said that two patients were burned to death, and a third patient across the hall, died of smoke inhalation.[6] The faulty respirator was manufactured by Puritan Bennett. Barry M. Spero, the hospital's president at the time, said that biomedical engineers routinely checked the equipment according to specifications by the manufacturer. He referred to the incident as, "truly a catastrophic disaster."[6]


The Maimonides Medical Center expanded its emergency department in 1997 with the opening of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Emergency Center. In September 2007, construction started on space in a new building at the corner of 48th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway. There are two wings, the main differences being in the severity of patients seen. In 2015 Maimonides broke ground on 3.4 million square feet of medical office space to allow patients to visit an array of health care providers in the same building.


In February 2013, Maimonides Medical Center, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and Montefiore Medical Center signed an affiliation agreement that made Maimonides a university hospital and the Brooklyn campus of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.[7]


Several innovations in clinical medicine have occurred at Maimonides. In 1961, the commercial pacemaker was developed in the Maimonides Research Laboratory.[8] The same laboratory was co-developer of the intra-aortic balloon pump in 1970.[8] Implantation of first partial mechanical heart was performed in the hospital in 1966.[9] The following year, the second human heart transplant in the world (and the first in the US) was performed at Maimonides by Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz.[9] Several other technical feats were achieved by the clinicians in the hospital, such as the first needle aspiration biopsy in the US in 1981, the first robotic surgery for pediatric patients in the US in 2001, and the first angioplasty during a heart attack in 1983.[8]

In 2007, the New York Times reported that in an analysis of about 5,000 hospitals by the Department of Health and Human services, Maimonides was one of the 50 hospitals with the lowest mortality rates.[10] In 2010, Maimonides received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence,[11] ranking it among the top 5% of hospitals in the entire nation for overall quality outcomes. Maimonides was also listed among the top 5 individual hospitals in New York State for cardiology services, coronary interventional procedures, stroke treatment, and gastrointestinal medical services.[12]

Information technology[edit]

Maimonides Medical Center is a pioneer[clarification needed] in implementing health information technology.[13] and is consistently ranked one of the "Most Wired" Hospitals.[14]

Five Centers of Excellence[edit]

  • The Cancer Center[15]
  • Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn. The The Stella and Joseph Payson Birthing Center handles more births than any other hospital in New York State.[16]
  • The ACE "Acute Care for the Elderly" Unit focuses on elderly patients, their families and their home environments.[17]
  • The Jaffe Stroke Center.[18] Maimonides has received the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award for 2008, 2009 and 2010.[19]
  • The Cardiac Institute offers invasive and noninvasive, medical and surgical, adult and pediatric care. The Cardiac Institute is a partnership between referring doctors, cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses and professional staff.[20] Maimonides has received the HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award (2009, 2010) and the HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award (2008, 2009 and 2010).[19]


Due to its culturally diversified location, Maimonides has recruited multilingual physicians, nurses, and staff.[21] There are translators for 67 languages available through a commercially available service. [22]

New York State Department of Health designations[edit]

  • Regional Perinatal Center[23]
  • Stroke Center[23]
  • Pediatric and Adult Trauma Center[24]

Notable deaths[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Maimonides Medical Center". FREIDA Online institution information. American Medical Association. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
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  4. ^ "Accredited Adult and Children's Trauma Center". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  5. ^ "Interactive Timeline". Maimonides Medical Center. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  6. ^ a b c d Wolff, Craig (1993-09-02). "3 Patients Die In Explosion At Hospital". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  7. ^ McLaughlin, Jim (2013-02-27). "Maimonides Medical Center in New York to Align With Montefiore, Albert Einstein Medicine". Becker's Hospital Review. 
  8. ^ a b c "A Culture of Innovation". Maimonides Medical Center. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  9. ^ a b "A History of Achievements in Cardiac Care at Maimonides". Maimonides Medical Center. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  10. ^, New York Times Mortality Rates US Hospitals
  11. ^, HealthGrades Hospital Awards
  12. ^, Maimonides Culture of Innovation
  13. ^ Chris, Serb (June 2007). "Jump-starting a high-tech initiative". HHN Most Wired Magazine. Health Forum. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  14. ^ HHN Most Wired
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  16. ^ Hartocollis, Anemona; Fessenden, Ford (2010-06-25). "Brooklyn Mothers Choosing Manhattan Hospitals". The New York Times. 
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  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  22. ^ Salamon, Julie (2008-05-11). "‘Scrubs' Near the D Train". The New York Times. 
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  24. ^ "Accredited Adult and Children's Trauma Center". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  25. ^ "Norbert Pearlroth, 89, Researcher For 52 Years For 'Believe It Or Not'". New York Times. April 15, 1983. Retrieved 2015-01-11. Norbert Pearlroth, who combed hundreds of thousands of books in the New York Public Library over 52 years as sole researcher for Ripley's Believe It or Not, died of heart and kidney diseases Thursday at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn. He was 89 years old and lived in Brooklyn. ... 

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