St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center

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Mount Sinai St. Luke's
Mount Sinai West
Mount Sinai Health System
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Mount Sinai St. Luke's
Location1111 Amsterdam Avenue (St. Luke's)
and 1000 Tenth Avenue (West),
New York City, NY, United States
Care systemPrivate
Hospital typeTertiary teaching hospital
Affiliated universityIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
NetworkMount Sinai Health System
Emergency departmentLevel 2 trauma center (St. Luke's)
Beds495 (St. Luke's)
505 (West)[1]
Founded1858 (St. Luke's)
1871 (Roosevelt)
1979 (St. Lukes-Roosevelt)
2014 (Mount Sinai St. Lukes and Mount Sinai West)
St. Luke's Hospital
ArchitectErnest Flagg
Architectural styleFrench Renaissance Revival
NRHP reference #100003934
Added to NRHPMay 20, 2019
ListsHospitals in the United States

Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West, the latter formerly known as Mount Sinai Roosevelt, are two hospitals affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System. The combined hospitals are a 1,000-bed, full-service community and tertiary care hospitals serving New York City’s Midtown West, Upper West Side and parts of Harlem.

The two hospital components, which merged operations in 1979, are nearly 50 blocks apart:

The hospital center is a member of the Mount Sinai Health System, a nonprofit hospital system formed by the merger of Continuum Health Partners and the Mount Sinai Medical Center in September 2013. The official names of both hospitals were changed in January 2014 to Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West as two separate entities. On November 17, 2015, against the objection of the Roosevelt family, Mount Sinai Roosevelt was changed to Mount Sinai West, though is still locally referred to as Roosevelt Hospital.

Although the hospitals are both affiliated with Mount Sinai, they operate effectively as separate entities.


St. Luke's Hospital[edit]

Saint Luke's 113th Street under construction

St. Luke's Hospital was founded by William Augustus Muhlenberg, pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion. St. Luke's opened in 1858 on Fifth Avenue at 54th Street.

In 1896 it moved to 113th Street. The 113th Street site is across the street from Columbia University’s campus, located to the west, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, located to the south. The historic hospital building at Amsterdam Avenue and 113th Street was designed by prominent socialite architect Ernest Flagg. The chapel of that hospital has stained glass and is the work of the same architect.[2][3] In 2019 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

Woman's Hospital[edit]

Woman's Hospital was founded by doctor J. Marion Sims with financial backing from Sarah Platt Doremus, who ultimately became president of the Hospital.[5] From South Carolina, Sims had developed a revolutionary approach to treating vesico-vaginal fistulas, a catastrophic complication from obstructed childbirth. The Hospital was first located in a rented house at Madison Avenue and 29th Street. Dr. Thomas Addis Emmet, who served at the hospital, published the first comprehensive textbook in English on gynecology.[6]

In 1867 Woman's Hospital moved to a new location on Park Avenue, at the present site of the Waldorf Astoria New York. The location had been used as a burial ground during the 1832 cholera outbreak, and 47,000 coffins were dug up to make way for the new construction.[6] In 1906 Woman's Hospital moved to 110th Street and Amsterdam. In 1953 it was merged with St. Luke's Hospital, forming St. Luke's Hospital Center. Finally, in 1965, it was moved to 114th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, just across the street from St. Luke's.[6]

Roosevelt Hospital[edit]

Roosevelt Hospital, 1893

Roosevelt Hospital's first building opened on November 2, 1871. A plaque to its namesake reads: "To the memory of James Henry Roosevelt, a true son of New York, the generous founder of this hospital, a man upright in his aims, simple in his life, and sublime in his benefaction." St. Lukes's and Roosevelt hospitals then merged prior to the renaming of the hospital under the Mount Sinai health system.

Mount Sinai West[edit]

Sinai West Hospital as seen from a rooftop on 59th Street

Mount Sinai West is located on 10th Avenue and 59th Street, two blocks west of Columbus Circle. The current 13-story Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed facility was built in 1990.[7] The original hospital was on the same block but faced Ninth Avenue. Much of the original hospital, including the emergency room, was torn down to make way for two 49-story apartment buildings—One Columbus Place Tower I[8] and II. The oldest remaining component of the hospital is the William J. Syms Operating Theater that had a glass roof built in 1892.[9] It was named for a gun merchant who donated money for it. Its last operation was in 1941 and is now a New York City Landmark. It is still free standing even as the tower surrounds it.[10]

HIPAA medical records settlement[edit]

In 2017, Mount Sinai St. Luke's entered into settlement concerning the improper disclosure of patient medical records which was settled as the payment of a levied fine of approximately half-a-million dollars as reported in the medical journal Becker Hospital Review stating: "New York City-based St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center (Mount Sinai St. Luke's) will pay $387,200 and implement a corrective action plan as part of a HIPAA settlement to resolve allegations it inappropriately handled a patient's sensitive health information."[11]

Emergency departments[edit]

An ambulance of the St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center

The Emergency departments at both sites, staffed by 40 physicians board certified in emergency medicine and seven in pediatric emergency medicine, offer 24-hr specialized services for victims of sexual assaults. Both New York City emergency department have a 24-hour stroke team and Heart Attack (MI) Team. The St. Luke's Emergency Department has a 24-hour on-call cardiac catheterization lab for patients having heart attacks to immediately open up the clogged artery. The Emergency Department hosts a residency in Emergency Medicine with 42 physicians; a fellowship in global health led by Dr. Ramona Sunderwirth and affiliated with the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health; and a fellowship in emergency ultrasound. The Department has two board certified Clinical Toxicologists available for consultation 24 hours. Physicians in the Department are frequently featured on the major local and national television network news programs discussing medical issues affecting the community.

Residency programs[edit]

William J. Syms Operating Theatre built in 1892 at Roosevelt Hospital (last operation was 1941)

Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West sponsors 30 accredited residency training programs.[12] The Department of Medicine trains 158 residents and an additional 39 fellows; one of the largest programs in New York State and in the top 10 largest nationally. Each program enjoys full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the institution itself is accredited for the maximum 5-year cycle. The Internal Medicine Training Program is one of the most progressive programs in the country utilizing unique strategies to ensure that residents can learn from every patient. These innovations include a "drip system" for distributing admissions and no overnight call anywhere in the training program. In addition, the department limits the number of patients that can be carried by an intern to no more than 10. 83% of the programs in NY, NJ and all of New England still allow interns to carry 12 patients. The program also has its own "Simulation Lab" for training residents. The residency program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, is the only one to utilize Mount Sinai Beth Israel in addition to Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West. Residents have exposure to over 70,000 cases, which cover a wide variety of disease processes, and range from routine to complex and unusual disease entities.

Notable deaths[edit]

The following list is arranged backward chronologically, based on year of death.

See also[edit]


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  10. ^ Gray, Christopher, Streetscape: The Syms Operating Theater; A Mildly Romanesque West Side Bargaining Chip", The New York Times, October 25, 1987
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  16. ^ Nate Chinen (April 1, 2010). "John Bunch, pianist with Goodman and Bennett, dies at 88". New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2014. John Bunch, a jazz pianist whose elegant style led to prominent sideman posts with Benny Goodman and Tony Bennett as well as an accomplished solo career, died on Tuesday in Manhattan, where he lived. He was 88. His death, at Roosevelt Hospital, was caused by melanoma, said Cecily Gemmell, his wife and only immediate survivor. ...
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  18. ^ Wolfgang Saxon (June 24, 1992). "Rick Sklar, 62, A Dominant Force Behind Rock Radio". New York Times. Retrieved January 19, 2008. Rick Sklar, whose programming made WABC in New York the most popular radio station in North America, died at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan on Monday. He was 62 years old and lived in Manhattan. Mr. Sklar died from complications after minor surgery but the exact cause of death is not known, a spokesman from his company said. ...
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  21. ^ Bachrach, Fabian (August 20, 1967). "Hugo Gernsback Is Dead at 83. Author, Publisher and Inventor. 'Father of Modern Science Fiction'. Predicted Radar. Beamed TV in '28. 'One to Forsee [sic] for All'". New York Times. Retrieved December 6, 2010. Hugo Gernsback, an inventor, author, editor and publisher who has been called the father of modern science fiction, died yesterday at Roosevelt Hospital. He was 83 years old and lived at 263 West End Avenue. ...
  22. ^ Klores, Dan (March 31, 2012). "Junior, the Kid, the Fight". New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2014. The ambulance from St. Luke’s drove up. The reporters feigned sensitivity. The 10-day coma, the funeral home, the Cuban mother-in-law arrived, courtesy of Pan Am. ...
  23. ^ "Harry K. Morton, Ex-Vaudevillian. Musical Comedy Player in 1920s Dies. Was Dancer, Singer and Prizefighter". New York Times. May 11, 1956. Retrieved July 22, 2014. Harry K. Morton, vaudeville and musical comedy player, died Wednesday of cancer of the throat in the Roosevelt Hospital. He was 67 years old. ...
  24. ^ Abresch, J. (February 26, 1956). "Charles Wagner, Impresario, Dies. Concert Manager Who Made Fortune With McCormack Sponsored Mary Garden Sponsored Coloratura Introduced Gieseking". New York Times. Retrieved January 20, 2015. Charles L. Wagner of 50 Park Avenue, concert impresario, died yesterday in Roosevelt Hospital after a short illness. His age was 87. ...
  25. ^ "James A. O'Gorman. Son of Late U.S. Senator Was Once Candidate for Alderman". New York Times. October 15, 1946. Retrieved October 29, 2012. James A. O'Gorman of 1148 Fifth Avenue, a son of the late, United States Senator James A. O'Gorman, died yesterday in Roosevelt Hospital from the effects of ...
  26. ^ "Robert Henri Dies. Ill Eight Months" (PDF). The New York Times. July 13, 1929. Retrieved April 13, 2015. Robert Henri, eminent American artist, died early yesterday morning at St. Luke's Hospital. Although he had been a patient at the institution since November, his illness was not generally known and his death came as a surprise to art circles. ...
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