Founded in 1892 by the Salvation Army, the New York Hospital Queens actually started as a haven for unmarried mothers in Manhattan. But it wasn’t until after WWII – during the baby boom in the 1950s – that the Salvation Army noticed a shortage of local hospitals in Queens.
As the population grew throughout the Borough, so did the need for medical services. So, in 1957, the Salvation Army decided to uproot from Manhattan and build a modern medical facility in Flushing, Queens.
Today, New York Hospital Queens has its own leadership and charter and is a proud-member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and affiliate of the Weill Cornell Medical College. It has grown to become a comprehensive and innovative institute offering world-class health care services.
The private not-for-profit’s 1,400-plus doctors provide a wide range of specialties and services, including dentistry, breast health, cardiology, urgent care, nursing and rehabilitation, among others. With an extensive network spread-out like a spider web across the Borough, NYHQ continues to be one of Queens’ high-impact hospitals.
“During a time of unprecedented and unsettling transformation in the healthcare industry and its funding resources, we continue to navigate through almost constant change and challenge,” Stephen S. Mills, NYHQ president and CEO, said in a statement last July. “The implementation of our strategic plan is paying off in terms of increasing revenue opportunities and changing the way we manage ever increasing costs so that we can do more with less reliance on constricted financial resources and still grow in ways that are important for our community.”
According to Mills, the hospital has made great strides in the past year, to increase access to services and clinicians across the Borough. Last year, the acute care hospital admitted over 32,000 patients, added three outside practices to its physician group, performed 600 additional ambulatory surgery/endoscopy procedures, renovated its Pediatric Asthma Mobile Unit and treated over 124,000 people through its emergency department.
The department is staffed by physicians specializing in emergency medicine and certified in advanced cardiac life support, advanced trauma life support and pediatric advanced life support. Physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses specially trained in emergency medicine and trauma are skilled in identifying urgent medical conditions that require immediate intervention.
The Emergency Department also opened its Urgent Care Center last year, which allowed the hospital to expand community access to health care, while adding more hospital beds for people who need immediate medical attention.
Over the years, the hospital and its facilities have expanded dramatically, but it still retains its founder’s guiding principle of service.
NYHQ strives to have a center located within the Borough that specializes in nearly any ailment. For example, the Cancer Center provides a cancer services ranging from radiology to support groups. The Center for Wound Healing at Briarwood’s Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is another recent addition.
For patients recovering from cardiac surgery, coronary interventions such as stent placement, cardiac electrophysiological procedures such as pacemaker implantations, or patients needing specific drugs for heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias or angina, NYHQ also includes a 36-bed telemetry and six-bed Stepdown Units that are designed for patients with heart disease who require monitoring, specialized diagnostic and interventional procedures, or specific therapy and monitoring.