Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

Coordinates: 40°39′18″N 73°54′45″W / 40.65500°N 73.91250°W / 40.65500; -73.91250

The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center (often called Brookdale Hospital, or even Brookdale for short)[1] is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) medical services provider in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City. Brookdale's primary and secondary service areas together comprise 1 million residents.[2] It serves most of Eastern Brooklyn: Brownsville, East New York, Canarsie and East Flatbush.[3]

Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
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Location1 Brookdale Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Care systemPrivate
FundingNon-profit hospital
Affiliated universityNew York Medical College, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York University College of Dentistry
Emergency departmentLevel II trauma center
ListsHospitals in New York
Other linksHospitals in Brooklyn

In 2017, it was described as "struggling."[4] In 2009 they had 'let go' 240 employees.[5]


Brookdale is one of Brooklyn's largest voluntary nonprofit teaching hospitals, a regional tertiary care center, and is a level II trauma center. It provides 24-hour emergency services and long-term specialty care, has outpatient programs, and is one of 14 New York State DOH designated Stroke Centers in Brooklyn.[6] It provides outpatient Ambulatory care services in both on campus and off site facilities. Brookdale specializes in rehabilitative medicine and long-term specialty care in its Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation and in addition is home to 86 units of assisted living and independent housing in the Arlene and David Schlang Pavilion, a federally subsidized housing project.[7]

In 1970, NYU's Medical Center and School of Medicine initiated an "affilitation agreement" to enhance training and provide student exchange opportunities.[8]


The Brownsville and East New York Hospital opened on April 11, 1921 with one building housing 75 beds between Brownsville, East New York, and Canarsie. The first President of the Medical Board was Simon R. Blatteis, who was also a leading figure in organizing the development of the hospital.[9] It was renamed Beth-El Hospital in 1932. The hospital, under the directorship of Jacob Rutstein, greatly expanded its facilities at that time. It became Brookdale Hospital in 1963,[3] and Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in 1971. In 1993, Brookdale opened the first designated long term AIDS center in Brooklyn. It was later renamed the Treatment for Life Center. The Radutzky Emergency Care Pavilion was dedicated in 1982, and was designated a Level I Trauma Center in the same year (now it is a level II trauma center). A major expansion was completed in 2004. In 2005 Brookdale became a 911 receiving Stroke Center.

The hospital was under the management of MediSys Health Network[10][11] for twelve years; this ended a year after Medisys's CEO and others pleaded guilty to federal charges, including bribery.[1][2]

In late October 2012, a few days before the expected arrival of Hurricane Sandy in New York, Brookdale Hospital was enlisted by the New York State Department of Health in the State's emergency response efforts.[12][13] Brookdale was awarded $2.3 million for unreimbursed operating costs.


Brookdale is both a treatment facility and an academic medical center, certified with 530 acute-care beds, and more than 50 specialty clinics. In addition, Brookdale and its affiliates comprise the following:[14]

  • 448 skilled nursing beds located in the affiliated Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
  • 86 units of assisted living and independent living housing in the Arlene and David Schlang Pavilion.
  • A comprehensive Adult Day Care Center
  • A Comprehensive Health Center, an advanced 16-level, fully equipped inpatient facility.
  • A state-of-the art Emergency Department with a Level I Trauma Center and a full range of 24-hour emergency services.
  • A community mental health center, an ambulatory surgery center and a 16-chair dental suite.
  • OB space with Labor, Delivery, and Recovery Suites.
  • An Urgent Care Center
  • Six primary care Brookdale Family Care Centers, located in the outlying communities.
  • Pharmacy - The Department was the spearhead for statewide clinical services, led by the longtime New York State Board of Pharmacy President, Seymour Katz, and currently led by Johnny Ha. It has many advanced clinical programs and training in PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice and the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care residency programs each enroll 2 residents per year.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b Anahad O’Connor (May 26, 2011). "Brookdale Hospital Workers Protest Loss of Health Care". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "MediSys Out! Brookdale Hospital under Transitional Management". Our Time Press. September 22, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Beth El Hospital Becomes Brookdale Hospital Center". The New York Times. January 16, 1964.
  4. ^ Jonathan Lamantia (June 29, 2017). "Struggling Brooklyn hospital taps new CEO". Crain's New York Business.
  5. ^ Anemona Hartocollis (March 16, 2009). "240 Laid Off at Brooklyn Hospital". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Regional EMS Council of New York City Designated Stroke Centers". New York. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  7. ^ Adam Dickter (December 13, 2002). "Russian Seniors Cry Foul". Jewish Week.
  8. ^ "Brookdale Hospital to work with N.Y.U." The New York Times. January 23, 1970.
  9. ^ Samuel Philip Abelow, History of Brooklyn Jewry (1937), p. 226.
  10. ^ "Health Department Asks for Probe of Medisys". Wall Street Journal. June 24, 2010.
  11. ^ "It's official: Brookdale and Medisys split". Crain's New York Business. September 5, 2012.
  12. ^ "Sandy leaves Coney Island Hospital in critical condition". November 21, 2012.
  13. ^ "Brookdale Hospital opens doors to Sandy victims". November 14, 2012.
  14. ^ "The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York". American Hospital Directory. Total Staffed Beds: 797
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 29, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Halim, Qazi A. (June 1, 2013). "NYSCHP Presidential Address". Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 26 (3): 291–293. doi:10.1177/0897190013490563. PMID 23739877.

External linksEdit

  • [1] Brookdale web site general information
  • [2] Brookdale web site contact information