Harlem Hospital History
Harlem Hospital was founded in 1887 to provide quality healthcare for the rapidly growing population north of Central Park. More than 120 years later, at close to 300 beds with seven buildings over two blocks, it is the largest health facility in Harlem. Harlem Hospital currently serves 450,000 outpatient visits, 75,000 emergency department visits, and 13,000 inpatient admissions per year. The Hospital is a member of the Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest public health system in the United States, and has been an affiliate of the Columbia University Medical Center since 1962.
A major modernization and expansion plan announced in April, 2004, will enable the hospital to improve its physical and therapeutic environment and enhance the services to Harlem and its surrounding neighborhoods. The $281.7 million modernization plan will expand the hospital by 20,000 square feet, renovate 183,000 square feet, include a new emergency department, state-of-the-art critical care and diagnostic units, and new fully equipped operating rooms.
Current specialty services at Harlem Hospital include:
- Level I Trauma Center/Emergency Services
- Certified State Stroke Center
- AIDS Designated Center
- Burn Unit with a specialty in plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Asthma Project
- Pediatric Injury Prevention Program
- Level 3 Perinatal Center
- SAFE Center
- Designated Baby Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization
In addition to providing quality health care to Harlem and its surrounding neighborhoods, Harlem Hospital is one of the largest training grounds of minority and female physicians in the United States. Harlem Hospital continues to be a vital social, political and economic force in the community it serves..
The hospital has a rich history of African-American art in the form of its many murals. The aforementioned renovation plan will include mural preservation and move mammography into locations within the New Patient Pavilion.