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|Maimonides Medical Center|
|Location||4802 Tenth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Affiliated university||Albert Einstein College of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai|
|Lists||Hospitals in New York|
|Other links||Hospitals in Brooklyn|
Maimonides Medical Center is a non-profit, non-sectarian hospital located in Borough Park, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, in the U.S. state of New York. Maimonides is both a treatment facility and academic medical center with 711 beds, and more than 70 primary care and sub-specialty programs. As of August 1, 2016, Maimonides Medical Center was an adult and pediatric trauma center, and Brooklyn's only pediatric trauma center.
The institution was founded in 1911 as the New Utrecht Dispensary. Several small dispensaries merged with Utrecht in 1919 to form the Israel Hospital of Brooklyn. In 1920 Israel Hospital merged with Zion Hospital to form United Israel Zion Hospital, later renamed Israel Zion Hospital.
Maimonides Medical Center was formed as a result of the merger of United Israel Zion Hospital and Beth Moses Hospital in 1947. The institution was named after Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, a 12th-century Jewish philosopher.
In 1993, a faulty respirator supplying oxygen to an elderly woman exploded, killing her and two other patients. Investigators said that an electrical fault in the machine had caused it to ignite. The fire created a blast fed by pure oxygen, which sent a fireball through a seventh-floor window. Fire officials said that two patients were burned to death, and a third patient across the hall, died of smoke inhalation. The faulty respirator was manufactured by Puritan Bennett. Barry M. Spero, the hospital's president at the time, said that biomedical engineers routinely checked the equipment according to specifications by the manufacturer. He referred to the incident as, "truly a catastrophic disaster."
The Maimonides Medical Center expanded its emergency department in 1997 with the opening of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Emergency Center. In September 2007, construction started on space in a new building at the corner of 48th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway. There are two wings, the main differences being in the severity of patients seen. In 2015 Maimonides broke ground on 3.4 million square feet of medical office space to allow patients to visit an array of health care providers in the same building.
In February 2013, Maimonides Medical Center, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and Montefiore Medical Center signed an affiliation agreement that made Maimonides a university hospital and the Brooklyn campus of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Several innovations in clinical medicine have occurred at Maimonides. In 1961, the commercial pacemaker was developed in the Maimonides Research Laboratory. The same laboratory was co-developer of the intra-aortic balloon pump in 1970. Implantation of first partial mechanical heart was performed in the hospital in 1966. The following year, the second human heart transplant in the world (and the first in the US) was performed at Maimonides by Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz. Several other technical feats were achieved by the clinicians in the hospital, such as the first needle aspiration biopsy in the US in 1981, the first robotic surgery for pediatric patients in the US in 2001, and the first angioplasty during a heart attack in 1983.
In 2007, the New York Times reported that in an analysis of about 5,000 hospitals by the Department of Health and Human services, Maimonides was one of the 50 hospitals with the lowest mortality rates. In 2010, Maimonides received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, ranking it among the top 5% of hospitals in the entire nation for overall quality outcomes. Maimonides was also listed among the top 5 individual hospitals in New York State for cardiology services, coronary interventional procedures, stroke treatment, and gastrointestinal medical services.
Due to its culturally diversified location, Maimonides has recruited multilingual physicians, nurses, and staff. There are translators for 67 languages available through a commercially available service.
Norbert Pearlroth, who combed hundreds of thousands of books in the New York Public Library over 52 years as sole researcher for Ripley's Believe It or Not, died of heart and kidney diseases Thursday at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn. He was 89 years old and lived in Brooklyn. ...