NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens found its origins in late 19th century Manhattan facility created by the Salvation Army. Known as the Rescue Home for women, it was a place for the support of unmarried mothers. The facility expanded its medical role during World War 1 and relocated from its original East 123rd Street location more than once before settling for nearly 60 years on East 15th Street. During this time it became known as Booth Memorial Hospital.
With the post WWII era came a baby boom that led the Salvation Army to recognize a great need for community healthcare in the fast-growing borough of Queens. It uprooted from Manhattan and began the development of a facility on an empty field in Flushing, Queens, and dedicated its new 210-bed hospital on February 14, 1957. The facility functioned under the direction of the Salvation Army until 1992, when three Army decided to leave the acute care field for other charitable activities.
In 1992 the hospital became affiliated with New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and a year later changed its name to "The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens." In common usage, this was later shortened to "NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens."
The 1997 merger of The New York Hospital and Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital created the combined, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, which has become one of the nations largest healthcare systems. Today, as a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens has grown into the largest acute care hospital in the borough of Queens and is an academic affiliate of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens supports a variety of educational and research initiatives.
Continuing Medical Education
The programs in Continuing Medical Education for practicing physicians are numerous and high in quality, providing teaching in all major medical areas. Many of the programs presented at the hospital campus can also be viewed online, including nearly all the annual symposia. Category I CME credit is available for both onsite and online participation.
Our CME programs include teaching from NYP/Queens' own expert staff, along with acclaimed outside clinical experts. Our medical, obstetrical, pediatric and orthopedic programs regularly host speakers of note from around the country, bringing the latest in clinical innovation to our attendees.
Graduate Medical Education
As a major teaching institution, The NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens is affiliated with the Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The hospital maintains accredited residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Radiation Oncology (integrated with NYP-Cornell), and Transitional Year, as well as accredited fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Infectious Disease, Nephrology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine. The hospital also maintains separately accredited residency programs in Podiatric Medicine & Surgery, Dental and Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Prosthodontics.
Research is an essential component of a major medical center. The Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education was founded in 2000, to provide a major research presence at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. It was made possible by a generous gift from philanthropists and friends, Theresa and Eugene Lang.
The goal of the center is to promote a new emphasis in clinical research by conducting studies in the community setting. Research activity has traditionally been carried out in major academic centers, where the clinical problems are often rare and highly complex. Studies of such conditions are frequently not generalizable to the majority of people suffering from common but serious illnesses. A community hospital such as NYP/Queens is better suited to addressing common diseases such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, kidney failure, and hypertension in the setting where most patients will be treated.
The premiere venue for medical educational presentations within the borough of Queens is the Lang Auditorium. This lecture facility is used for both professional education and instructional community outreach.
Developed as part of the Theresa and Eugene Lang Community Health Education Center, the Lang Auditorium owes its existence to the generosity and commitment to excellence of former NYP/Queens Board member Theresa Lang, and her husband Eugene.