Metropolitan Hospital Center

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Metropolitan Hospital Center
NYC Health + Hospitals
Metropolitan Hospital Center (48200143392).jpg
Location1901 First Avenue
New York, New York, United States
Coordinates40°47′5.74″N 73°56′40.94″W / 40.7849278°N 73.9447056°W / 40.7849278; -73.9447056Coordinates: 40°47′5.74″N 73°56′40.94″W / 40.7849278°N 73.9447056°W / 40.7849278; -73.9447056
Affiliated universityNew York Medical College
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Emergency departmentYes
ListsHospitals in New York
Other linksHospitals in Manhattan

Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC, also referred to as Metropolitan Hospital) is a hospital in East Harlem, New York City. It has been affiliated with New York Medical College since it was founded in 1875, representing the oldest partnership between a hospital and a private medical school in the United States.[1]

MHC is part of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal hospital and healthcare system in the country.


Metropolitan is located near the border of East Harlem with Upper East Side and Yorkville. The physical plant extends from First to Second avenues between East 97th and 99th streets. The hospital caters to a wide spectra of patient population and disease pathology.


The 96th Street station of the Second Avenue Subway, one block from the hospital's entrance, is served by the New York City Subway's Q train.[2] In addition, the M15, M15 SBS, M96, M98, M101, M102 and M103 of New York City Bus and the 96th Street of the subway's 6 and <6>​ trains serve the nearby neighborhood.[3]


Metropolitan Hospital Center was founded in September 1875 as the Homeopathic Hospital. It was established by the New York City Department of Public Charities and Correction on Wards Island. It was later known as the Ward's Island Hospital.

In 1894, the hospital moved to Blackwell's Island (currently known as Roosevelt Island). It occupied the former New York City Asylum for the Insane and was renamed Metropolitan Hospital.

The hospital moved into two newly constructed buildings at its present location in East Harlem in 1955. In 1966, the hospital added its Mental Health Building, an adjoining 14-story pavilion housing the hospital's psychiatric services.[4]

In 1969 Frederick Wiseman filmed a documentary using the hospital's emergency room titled Hospital, which won two Emmys for Outstanding Achievement in News Documentary Programming - Individuals and Outstanding Achievement in News Documentary Programming, and in 1994 the National Film Registry selected the film for preservation.

In the 1980s, the hospital was threatened with closure due to funding cuts. NYC Mayor Ed Koch reached a $45 million, three-year agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a new project to demonstrate innovative ways of delivering health care to East Harlem's poor.[5]


Metropolitan Hospital Center is the first hospital in East Harlem designated as a stroke center by the New York State Department of Health. Stroke centers have the equipment, expertise and staffing available to diagnose stroke patients quickly enough to administer potentially lifesaving drugs. It also offers education and outreach for the public and emergency workers, as well as a stroke rehabilitation program.[6]

The hospital has been designated as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Center of Excellence by the New York State Department of Health. A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is also on location, composed of specially trained Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners, medical personnel, patient advocates, social workers, law enforcement officers (Special Victims Unit) and representatives of the New York County District Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Unit.[7]


  1. ^ "About Metropolitan" Metropolitan Hospital Center website
  2. ^ "Our Location" Archived 2011-12-12 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Manhattan Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "History" Metropolitan Hospital Center website
  5. ^ "Plan Reported Near to Save Metropolitan Hospital" By Ronald Sullivan, New York Times. 8 June 1980
  6. ^ "New stroke center" New York Daily News12 March 2006
  7. ^ "Emergency Care" Metropolitan Hospital Center website

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