NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital

New York–Presbyterian Hospital
Location New York Metropolitan Area, NY, United States
Care system Medicare, Medicaid, Public
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Weill Cornell Medical College
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Beds 2,478[1]
Founded 1771 (as New York Hospital)
1868 (as Presbyterian Hospital)
1998 (as NewYork–Presbyterian)
Lists Hospitals in the United States
Other links Hospitals in New York

New York–Presbyterian Hospital, styled as NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, is a nonprofit university hospital in New York City affiliated with two Ivy League medical schools: Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College. It is composed of two distinct medical centers, Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center. As of August 2016, the hospital is ranked 6th in the United States and 1st in the New York City metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report.[2] The hospital has 2,478 beds in total, and is one of the largest hospitals in the United States.[1] New York–Presbyterian Hospital is among the largest hospitals and largest private employers in New York City[3][4] and one of the world's busiest.


New York–Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia campus
New York–Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell campus

The New York Hospital was founded in 1771 by Edinburgh graduate Samuel Bard. It received a Royal Charter granted by King George III of Great Britain and became associated with Weill Cornell Medical College upon the latter institution's founding in 1898. It is the second oldest hospital in the United States, after Pennsylvania Hospital (1751). But note that this conflicts with the article on Bellevue Hospital, which states that it was founded as The City Hospital in 1736.

A 1927 endowment of more than $20 million by Payne Whitney expanded the hospital significantly and the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic is named in his honor. Other prominent donors have included Edward S. Harkness and Anna Harkness,[5] Howard Hughes, William Randolph Hearst, Harry and Leona Helmsley, Maurice R. Greenberg, and the Baker, Whitney, Lasdon, and Payson families.

The Presbyterian Hospital was founded in 1868 by James Lenox, a New York philanthropist and was associated with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1925 the Sloane Hospital for Women, a leader in obstetrics and gynecology that had been founded in 1886, was incorporated.[6]

New York Hospital was the subject of a lawsuit from the family of Libby Zion, a young woman admitted in 1984 who died while under the care of overworked hospital residents. An investigation by the New York state Health Commissioner, the Bell Commission, led to restrictions on the number of hours residents could work and required oversight of their care by accredited physicians (this regulation is also known as the Libby Zion law). These reforms have since been adopted nationwide.[7]

On January 1, 1998, The New York Hospital announced its merger with The Presbyterian Hospital to create New York–Presbyterian Hospital. New York–Presbyterian Hospital, chartered as The New York and Presbyterian Hospital by the State of New York in 1996, was formed in 1998 with the merger of two large, previously independent hospitals, the New York Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital.


The NYP system includes a variety of outlying hospitals that had previously been affiliates of NYH or Presbyterian; these hospitals stretch throughout the five boroughs, Westchester County, Long Island and New Jersey.

The hospital, along with Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, runs the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, a network of independent, cooperating, acute-care and community hospitals, continuum-of-care facilities, home-health agencies, ambulatory sites, and specialty institutes in the New York metropolitan area. The two medical schools remain essentially autonomous, though there is increasing cooperation and coordination of clinical, research, and residency training programs. The hospitals have merged administrations, with Herb Pardes, M.D., leading the combined hospitals from 2001 to 2011. Steven Corwin, MD is now the Hospital system CEO.

The institution's six main facilities are:

Awards and recognition

Milstein building, Ft Washington Avenue
A New York–Presbyterian ambulance
Allen Hospital

As of 2016, the U.S. News and World Report rankings place NYPH overall as the sixth-best hospital in the United States. Every specialty was ranked in the top 50 by US News, and the following were ranked in the top 10 of hospitals around the country: neurology and neurosurgery (3); gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (14); cardiology and heart surgery (3); diabetes and endocrinology (5); nephrology (4); geriatrics (7); pulmonology (8); rheumatology (2); urology (6); and psychiatry (3).[8]

New York–Presbyterian Emergency Medical Services

New York–Presbyterian Emergency Medical Services (NYP-EMS) is a hospital-based ambulance service[9] that has operated since 1981. NYP-EMS also operates critical care transport ambulances throughout the New York City Metropolitan Area. The service is licensed to operate in the 5 counties of New York City, Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties in New York, and in the state of New Jersey for Basic Life Support and Specialty Care Transport. In addition to providing emergency and non-emergency ambulance services, either through the New York City 911 system on through the NYP-EMS Communications Center at Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYP-EMS provides stand-by EMS services for events throughout the New York City area, including the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the NYC Triathlon.

NYP-EMS is also a New York State Department of Health-approved training center for EMT and Paramedic programs, several of which are approved for college-level credit by the New York State Department of Education. NYP-EMS operates one of the largest American Heart Association Emergency Cardiac Care training centers in New York. NYP-EMS also maintains a Special Operations team trained in hazardous materials decontamination and technical rescue. This team, accompanied by several Weill Cornell Physicians, provided rescue and relief support on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Most recently, the team decontaminated 28 patients after the 2007 New York City steam explosion in Midtown Manhattan on July 18, 2007.


Allen Hospital

The Allen Hospital is located in northern Inwood, Manhattan. The General Surgery Group of The Allen Hospital specialize in the treatment of cardiac catheterization, and hernia. It is recognized as a center of excellence for the surgical management of cardiac and gallbladder diseases. It also has the Mila Conanan Memorial Chapel, named after Mila P. Conanan, who had been on the medical center staff for 20 years and the operating rooms director at the Allen Pavilion for three years before her death in 1990.?

Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Located on 3959 Broadway (165th Street and Broadway), New York City, New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is a pediatric hospital in New York–Presbyterian Hospital. They are especially known for their expertise in pediatric heart surgery. It was listed on the 2009 U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Children's Hospitals" "Honor Roll" and one of only 10 children's hospitals in the nation to be ranked in all 10 clinical specialties.

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

The New York–Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Irving Medical Center is located on West 168th Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. It contains an Emergency Room, an eye institute, a chapel, a garden, and more. It is situated on a 20-acre (81,000 m2) campus in the Washington Heights community of Manhattan and comprising roughly half of Columbia University's nearly $3 billion annual budget, it provides leadership in scientific research, medical education, and more. New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center are well known for their strong affiliation with the Neurological Institute of New York, which houses the departments of Neurology[10] and Neurological Surgery[11] as well as numerous research laboratories.

Weill Cornell Medical Center

Cornell Medical College was founded in 1898, and has been affiliated with what is now New York–Presbyterian Hospital since 1927. The Medical College is divided into 20 academic departments. It is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the United States of America, although the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services's Medicare program adjudged its rate of admission for heart failure patients to be worse than the national rate. Also housed here is the New York-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health. Located at 525 East 68th Street on the Upper East Side in Manhattan (E.68th and York Avenue), New York City, the Komansky Center for Children's Health is a full-service pediatric "hospital within a hospital." The Komansky Center was listed on the 2009 U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Children's Hospitals" "Honor Roll" and one of only 10 children's hospitals in the nation to be ranked in all 10 clinical specialties.

In August 2011, Becker's Hospital Review listed the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center as number 4 of the 100 Top Grossing Hospitals in America with $7.52 billion in gross revenue.[12]

Lower Manhattan Hospital

On July 1, 2013, NYP announced its merger with the former New York Downtown Hospital to form the Lower Manhattan Hospital (LMH) campus of the New York–Presbyterian Hospital.[13] LMH is one of the few hospitals in Lower Manhattan south of Greenwich Village. The campus operates 170 beds and offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. LMH serves the diverse neighborhoods of Wall Street, Battery Park City, Chinatown, SoHo, TriBeCa, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side, and is the closest acute care facility to both the Financial District and to the seat of New York City's government.


On July 10, 2015, NYP announced its merger with the former New York Hospital Queens (formerly known as Booth Memorial Medical Center) to form the Queens campus of the New York–Presbyterian Hospital.[14] Located in Flushing, Queens, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens is a teaching hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College that serves Queens and metro New York residents. The 535-bed tertiary care facility provides services in 14 clinical departments and numerous subspecialties, including 15,000 surgeries and 4,000 infant deliveries each year. With its network of affiliated primary and multispecialty care physician practices and community-based health centers, the hospital provides approximately 162,000 ambulatory care visits and 124,000 emergency service visits annually.

Hudson Valley Hospital

Founded in 1889 by the Helping Hand Association, NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, located in Cortlandt Manor, New York, serves residents of the Hudson Valley and Westchester County. The 128-bed facility provides a wide range of ambulatory care and inpatient services, with 350 physicians on staff in 43 specialties. The hospital is home to the region’s only state-of-the-art, 24-hour "no wait" emergency department, which sees more than 39,000 visits per year. In 2011, the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center opened, offering the first comprehensive cancer center in the area, combining infusion, radiation therapy and support services all under one roof.

In popular culture

ABC documentary series NY Med, produced by ABC News features New York–Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center.


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  4. Becker's Healthcare
  5. The Exeter Bulletin, Fall 2006, p.28
  6. "Sloane Hospital for Women (New York, N.Y.)". Columbia University Health Sciences Library. 2006. Archived from the original on June 9, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-30.
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  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 22, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
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  12. New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

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