Lower Manhattan Hospital is the singular source of care - and caring - for the 750,000 New Yorkers who live and work south of 14th Street. Situated at the crossroads of the world’s financial epicenter and several diverse and historic communities, we provide world-class care with a patient-inspired community touch.
Caring for our community for over 150 years, today’s NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital includes major clinical programs in cancer, cardiology, digestive diseases, maternity services, and orthopedics. We’re a New York State Department of Health designated Stroke Center, and recipient of the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart/Stroke Association.
For our team, putting patients first means establishing strong and lasting bonds with patients and families. We’re highly regarded for multilingual services, and in 2012 founded New York City’s first hospital-based Wellness and Prevention Center.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital's close relationship with the Chinese community is central to our identity. The Hospital’s Chinese Community Partnership for Health was founded in 1994 in collaboration with 32 area business and civic organizations. Today, services include the Women’s Health Project, Mother and Baby Health Program, Health Education Referral Hotline, Asian Diabetes Center and Asian Cardiac Services initiative. Bilingual clinicians familiar with both Eastern and Western medical practices lead the way.
We play a critical role in the richly diverse communities we serve, including Chinatown, Battery Park City, Little Italy, TriBeCa, Pace University, City Hall, Police Plaza, the Federal, State and City Courthouse complex, and the rapidly expanding residential community of Lower Manhattan. In addition, an increasing number of patients from Brooklyn, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Union Square and the Lower West Side are relying on the hospital for emergency, medical, obstetrical and surgical services following the closing of hospitals below 14th street.
The Ground Zero Hospital
On September 11, 2001, we took part in the largest single-hospital disaster response in American history. Despite the loss of electricity, gas, and phone services, we cared for more than 175 patients per hour – 35 times our normal daily traffic. In honor of the effort, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared March 11 “Downtown Hospital Day.”
As a result, our hospital has emerged as a national leader in disaster response. The state-of-the-art Neuberger Berman Emergency Center features New York’s largest chemical decontamination unit, and each year since 2003, we've hosted over 200 public health officials from across the nation for the annual Emergency Preparedness Symposium.
Our Founder: Elizabeth Blackwell
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. A passionate social reformer, Dr. Blackwell founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children in 1857.
In 1868, Dr. Blackwell founded the Women’s Medical College (located adjacent to the Infirmary) as the first school devoted to the medical education of women. The first black female physician, Rebecca Cole, was one of the school’s first graduates.
The Women's Medical College closed in 1899 when Cornell University agreed to admit all of its students. The Infirmary, however, merged with Beekman Downtown Hospital in 1979. Today, the hospital has proudly joined the NewYork-Presbyterian family as its Lower Manhattan campus and continues our founder's legacy of education, quality and caring.
Continuing Dr. Blackwell’s commitment to the advancement of women’s health, our hospital performed the first Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) reconstruction procedure in 2012. Following completion of a bilateral, skin-sparing mastectomy, Dr. Josh Levine and his team transplanted fat and skin from the patient’s abdominal area to the chest wall in order to reconstruct the breast area. A microscopic connection was made between the blood supply of the transplanted tissue and the vessels of the chest wall.
Born with a difficult disease, congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia, Gabriella came to NYP where Dr. Vitale and his team were able to save her leg and quality of life.