About Us : History
Founded in 1896 by a group of local physicians and concerned citizens, Long Island's first voluntary hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center and New York State - designated Regional Trauma Center which offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. Winthrop-University Hospital is a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services.
In 1996, Winthrop formed a partnership with South Nassau Communities Hospital creating the Winthrop South Nassau University Health System. This collaboration enabled both institutions to enhance and expand the already high levels of healthcare offered independently at each hospital.
In 2007, Winthrop provided inpatient care for 34,773 men, women and children; chronicled over 4,529 births and logged 56,625 emergency visits. More than 3,240 electrophysiology procedures and nearly 4,829 cardiac catheterizations were performed. 19,142 surgical procedures were completed, including 501 open-heart operations. In addition, Winthrop's certified Home Health Agency and its Long Term Homecare Program provided 107,702 visits to community residents.
The Hospital employs 5,000 employees, including nearly 1,500 nurses with 1,525 full-time and voluntary attending medical staff. Winthrop offers a broad range of inpatient and outpatient programs and services for the newborn through the elderly in a dynamic, progressive environment, primarily from Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties on Long Island.
As a multifaceted institution, Winthrop offers an extensive range of services in the following areas: an expanded Emergency Department, including a 9-bed Fast Track Unit, comprehensive 15-bed Chest Pain Rule-Out Unit, and a separate 4,500 square foot 10-bed Pediatric Emergency Unit equipped with the latest technology; The Institute for Heart Care offers advanced diagnostics and disease prevention programs as well as sophisticated medical treatment and rehabilitation and a superior cardiac surgery program. Winthrop's Cardiac Surgery Program has long been a benchmark for open-heart surgery in New York State. To meet the growing need for services and to support the staff's extraordinary level of treatment, a new 26,000-square-foot Heart Surgery Center opened in 2004 to house 26 telemetry beds and 22 intensive care rooms, Miller Interventional Cardiology Pavilion (a new electrophysiology lab, a fourth catheterization lab,) and a fourth heart operating room; The Institute for Cancer Care, a Category 1 Cancer Center, providing the full spectrum of care from advanced diagnostic technology through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, (including the new Outpatient Radiation Oncology Center) with psychosocial support services also available for adults, and for children and adolescents in Winthrop's Cancer Center for KIDS; In 2005, Winthrop's Cyberknife Center opened providing state-of-the-science stereotactic radiosurgery for the full-body treatment of tumors and lesions previously considered untreatable using cruise-missile guided robotics technology; The Diabetes Education Center, was the first diabetes-education program in New York State to be accredited by the American Diabetes Association providing dedicated service to the Long Island community since 1979, is a nationally recognized program that teaches vital, comprehensive disease management techniques; The Dialysis Center, the largest hospital-based program in the region, is regarded as a model facility nationwide; Apnea and other sleep disorders are diagnosed and corrected at the nationally accredited Sleep Disorders Center, a specialty service of The Institute for Lung Care, staffed with nationally recognized pulmonary specialists, providing the most advanced therapy and addressing quality-of-life needs of patients with a wide variety of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases; Winthrop's Institute for Digestive Disorders is a comprehensive resource for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of digestive and nutritional problems. The growing reputation of Winthrop's Endoscopy specialists, and resultant increase in the number of patients seeking their sophisticated services, compelled the Hospital to expand and modernize its already comprehensive Endoscopy Suite. The new, expanded McCann Endoscopy Center features 6 new procedure rooms, 13 recovery stations, a 2-bed prep and recovery area exclusively for children using the facility, a nursing station dedicated to Endoscopy Center patients, a new patient changing and locker room, and patient/family waiting area; Men, woman and children, of all ages, receive expert care from specialists in Winthrop's Institute for Family Care. Women's Health Services provides an array of diagnostic and treatment programs. Its obstetrics & gynecology program is known for its philosophy of care, which puts the needs and preferences of women first. The 15,000 square foot New Life Center houses 16 comfortably appointed Labor/Delivery/Recovery suites for expectant mothers. A neonatal intensive care unit treats high-risk infants born at Winthrop, and cares for scores of seriously ill newborns transported annually to Winthrop from other hospitals for specialized treatment. Broad-scoped pediatric programs including primary/preventive care and a comprehensive range of sophisticated subspecialty services are offered for infants, children and adolescents in the 15,000 square foot Hagedorn Pediatric In-patient Center. Awash in natural light and bright colors, the Center includes 32 beds in 20 patients rooms with sleeping accommodations for parents, an 8-room Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 5 rooms dedicated to cancer patients and their families, and a large Child Life Playroom and lounge where children can play and relax. The Institute for Neurosciences provides the full range of neurological services, including diagnostic, surgical, and radiologic treatment, and includes a 14-bed Neurological Intensive Care Unit, the only one of its kind on Long Island. In 2005, Winthrop was designated a Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health.
Additional programs/services include the International Adoption Program; Winthrop's Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Suite combining comprehensive screenings with diagnostic procedures in a technologically sophisticated yet patient-friendly facility; and the PET Imaging Center, one of the most powerful imaging technologies available, revolutionizing the diagnosis of many types of cancer as well as neurological and cardiovascular diseases.
Winthrop-University Hospital was named a New York State Regional Perinatal Center (RPC), a prestigious designation that recognizes Winthrop's ability to deliver the highest level of obstetrical and perinatal care to patients throughout the region. The Long Island Regional Poison and Drug Information Center located at Winthrop, serves as a valuable resource to healthcare professionals and the public.
Winthrop offers other centers of special care, addressing distinct health problems and supporting patient recovery and independence. These include Social Work Services, Case Management, Winthrop's Certified Home Health Agency, and Long Term Home Health Care.
As a Primary Teaching Affiliate of the SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine, Winthrop has made a serious commitment to providing physicians with a rich, stimulating learning environment. Post-graduate training is offered through 21 approved Residencies and Fellowships in a wide range of disciplines, including cardiology, critical care medicine, endocrinology/metabolism, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology, infectious disease, internal medicine, nephrology, obstetrics & gynecology, oncology, pathology, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric pulmonology, general pediatrics, pulmonary medicine, radiology, rheumatology, pathology, general surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery.
In addition, Winthrop has committed significant resources for basic and clinical research, which is supported, philosophically and financially by the Hospital, as well as by government grants and grants from individuals, foundations and corporations. Current investigations include studies of allergic rhinitis, osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, hypertension, stroke, multiple sclerosis, pediatric pulmonary and depression.
The Long Island Health Network, which is a joint venture between The Winthrop-South Nassau University Health System, Inc. and Catholic Health Services of Long Island, brings together 11 hospitals in Nassau and Suffolk counties, with a total of 2,725 beds, almost 1/3 of all licensed beds on Long Island. Member institutions include Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center; Good Samaritan Hospital/Medical Center; Long Island Home; John T. Mather Memorial Hospital; Mercy Medical Center; New Island Hospital; St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital; St. Charles Hospital & Rehabilitation Center; St. Francis Hospital-The Heart Center; South Nassau Communities Hospital and Winthrop-University Hospital.
Ever changing and growing with the diverse community it serves, Winthrop-University Hospital is, in many ways, a unique institution, simultaneously large and small, regional as well as local. It successfully blends the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a very personal approach to patient care - an approach that has become the cornerstone of our organization.