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Beth Israel Medical Center
Mount Sinai Beth Israel is an 856-bed, full-service tertiary teaching hospital in New York City. Originally dedicated to serving immigrant Jews living in the tenement slums of the Lower East Side, it was founded at the turn of the 20th century. Now it serves the diverse population of lower Manhattan including Manhattan's lower east side, Chinatown, Gramercy, West Village, Chelsea, as well as many neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
The main hospital building is known as the Petrie Division, located at First Avenue and 16th Street facing Stuyvesant Square. Other campuses included Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn and Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Union Square. It is an academic affiliate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Mount Sinai Beth Israel claims a unique combination of medical excellence and clinical innovation. The hospital has recruited world-class specialists to expand services in heart disease, cancer, neurology, and orthopaedics. It also continues its long tradition of excellence in medical specialties, including gastrointestinal disease, chemical dependency, psychiatric disorders, pain management and palliative care, and HIV/AIDS research and treatment. The hospital also has significantly advanced its commitment to community-based ambulatory care and expanding patient access to primary and specialty care. Mount Sinai Beth Israel has one of the nation's largest networks of methadone treatment programs.
Beth Israel is Hebrew for "House of Israel."
Beth Israel was incorporated in 1890 by a group of 40 Orthodox Jews on the Lower East Side each of whom paid 25 cents to set up a hospital serving New York's Jewish immigrants, particularly newcomers. At the time New York's hospitals would not treat patients who had been in the city less than a year. It initially opened a dispensary on the Lower East Side. In 1891 it opened a 20-bed hospital and in 1892 expanded again and moved into a 115-bed hospital in 1902.
In 1929 it moved into a 13-story, 500-bed building at its current location at the corner of Stuyvesant Square. It purchased its neighbor the Manhattan General Hospital in 1964 and renamed the complex Beth Israel Medical Center, located at First Avenue and 16th Street in Manhattan.
It acquired Doctors Hospital on the Upper East Side in the 1990s, renaming it Beth Israel Medical Center-Singer Division, and Kings Highway Hospital Center in 1995, renaming it Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division.
In 2004, Beth Israel Medical Center closed the Singer Division and consolidated its Manhattan inpatient operations at the main hospital campus, called the Petrie Division, on First Avenue at 16th Street in Manhattan.
As of 2010 Mount Sinai Beth Israel has residency training programs in nearly every major field of medicine including: Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, ENT, Oral and maxillofacial surgery, Radiology, Family Medicine, Dermatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Psychiatry, Podiatry, and Urology. The Mount Sinai Health System of which Beth Israel is a member, provides resident trainees with subsidized housing and a competitive salary. Mount Sinai Beth Israel also has a department of Chiropractics, Music Therapy, and Acupuncture.
In 2011 Huguette Clark died at the hospital at age 104, where she chose to spend the last years of her life. She left one million dollars to the hospital upon her death.
On November 22, 2013 the official name of Beth Israel Medical Center was changed to Mount Sinai Beth Israel, as a part of the merger with Mount Sinai to form the Mount Sinai Health System.
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- Hospital Staff. "Our Physicians". Beth Israel Medical Center. http://www.docnet.org/physicians/phys_bios.aspx?phys_id=13099. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
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