Long Island College Hospital
Founded in 1858, the hospital has 506 beds. In 1860 it introduced the practice of bedside teaching and it later became the first U.S. hospital to use stethoscopes and anesthesia. In 1873 it introduced the first emergency ambulance service in Brooklyn. Its collegiate division would later form the Downstate Medical Center, an academic unit of the State University of New York in 1948. The Polhemus Memorial Clinic, an eight-story 1897 tower that was part LICH until July 2008, is considered to be the first example of skyscraper hospital, anywhere in the world.1
Today, it serves as a clinical campus for medical students in the Downstate College of Medicine. The hospital was affiliated with the Continuum Health Partners. As of May 27 2011, Long Island College Hospital is now part of SUNY Downstate's University Hospital of Brooklyn and is called University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital
On February 8, 2013, the trustees of the State University of New York voted to close the hospital.2 A re-vote was taken on March 19, 2013, by the State University of New York board of trustees and again voted to close down the hospital. It must still be approved by the New York State Department of Health.3 On April 1, 2013, for a second time the closing of the hospital was stalled in court.4 On April 26, 2013, it was announced that the request to close the hospital had been withdrawn.5
- Korom, Joseph (2008). The American Skyscraper, 1850-1940. Branden Books. ISBN 0828321884, ISBN 978-0-8283-2188-4. pp. 222
- Long Island College Hospital to close New York Daily News
- "SUNY Board Votes Again To Close Down Long Island College Hospital". CBS New York. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
- "Closing Of Long Island College Hospital Stalled Once Again In Court". NY1. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "Long Island College Hospital to stay open". My Fox New York. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
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