Jewish Maternity Hospital

Jewish Maternity Hospital was an obstetrics hospital located at 270-272 East Broadway, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City.

Jewish Maternity Hospital
Jewish Maternity Hospital is located in New York City
Jewish Maternity Hospital
Jewish Maternity Hospital is located in New York
Jewish Maternity Hospital
Geography
Location270-272 East Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Coordinates40°42′54″N 73°59′06″W / 40.7149379°N 73.9849904°W / 40.7149379; -73.9849904Coordinates: 40°42′54″N 73°59′06″W / 40.7149379°N 73.9849904°W / 40.7149379; -73.9849904
Organization
TypeSpecialist
Religious affiliationJewish
Services
Specialityobstetrics
History
Opened1906
Closed1931
Demolishedbuilding repurposed as an old age home
Links
ListsHospitals in New York
Other linksHospitals in Manhattan

HistoryEdit

Jewish Maternity Hospital was chartered in 1906 and opened on February 15, 1909.[1] It catered to the Jewish residents of the Lower East Side, who were the overwhelmingly predominant local population at the time, although expectant mothers of any religion were accepted.

In its first 20 years of operation, 31,295 babies were born at Jewish Maternity Hospital.[2]

The hospital merged administratively with Beth Israel Hospital on December 19, 1929.[3] Beth Israel was in financial straits because of cost overruns on a new building under construction at Stuyvesant Square, and Jewish Maternity Hospital had money available for their own construction plans.[4] When Beth Israel finished their construction in 1931, Jewish Maternity Hospital also moved to the site.[5][6] Both institutions’ names were kept for some time after the merger, but the Jewish Maternity Hospital name was eventually replaced by the Beth Israel name for all obstetrical services.

Births of people who became notableEdit

  • Jerome Robbins (1918–1998) – choreographer, director, dancer, and theater producer[7]

LegacyEdit

The building on the Lower East Side continued to be used for outpatient services, and was sold in 1943 to the Home of the Sages of Israel, a retirement home for rabbis located next door to the former hospital building. The structures were then combined and remodeled into an expanded retirement home.[4][8]

The successor maternity services at Beth Israel Hospital continued to operate for several decades, but were closed on June 11, 2017, as part of that hospital's downsizing.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New Hospital Dedicated – Jewish Maternity Will Receive Patients on February 15". New York Times. January 25, 1909. p. 9. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Jewish Maternity and Beth Israel Hospitals merge" (PDF). Jewish Daily Bulletin. December 23, 1929. p. 5. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "2 Hospitals Merge on Lower East Side – Jewish Maternity and Beth Israel to Form a New Medical Centre – Act to Cut the Overhead – Maternity Institution to Have New Building—Both to Retain Their Names". New York Times. December 20, 1929. p. 16. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Jewish Maternity Hospital (New York, N.Y.) Patient Registers, 1921-1933". mssm.edu. Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Jewish Hospital Is Ready to Build – Maternity Institution Addition to Adjoin Beth Israel, With Which It Will Merge – Work to Begin At Once – Will Give Jobs to Several Hundred — Speakers Pay Tribute to Those Who Raised the Funds". New York Times. November 23, 1931. p. 40. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  6. ^ "New Jewish Home Opened – Parade of 1,000 Precedes Dedication of Old Israel Institution". New York Times. October 26, 1931. p. 3. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  7. ^ Lawrence, Greg (2001). Dance With Demons - The Life of Jerome Robbins (electronic ed.). New York, N.Y.: G.P. Putnam's Sons. p. 1. ISBN 9781101204061. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Hospital to House Rabbis – Jewish Maternity Center to Be Remodeled for 100". New York Times. July 3, 1943. p. 10. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Schwartz, Arthur Z. (July 6, 2017). "The Closure of Beth Israel Will Be Stopped". WestView News. Retrieved May 13, 2018.