History of White Plains’ Hospitals

DSC01685This entry is an updated version of “Hospitals” from White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts.” 

St Agnes Hospital (former)

St. Agnes Hospital (left) that closed in 2003 had its beginnings in 1908. The medical building on the property underwent renovations and the former hospital was repurposed into an assistive living facility (the Bristol). The plans to turn the rest of the complex into a retirement community has yet to happen. A grotto (below) remains near the entrance.

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NY Presbyterian Hospital (past and present)

NY Presbyterian Hospital now occupies the buildings and the property where in the 1894 Bloomingdale Hospital opened.  Many of the buildings from the original hospital are still in use. The property of the Bloomingdale Hospital used to extend from Westchester Ave to Heatherbloom Rd.

Bloomingdale (Insane) Asylum (1821-1889) in Manhattan bought WP farmland in 1868 and when the NY City location closed, the hospital moved to WP. The hospital got its original name from the section of New York City where the first hospital was located. The road leading from the New York City hospital was also named Bloomingdale and in the 19th century it became part of Broadway. Bloomingdale is Dutch in origin.  Bloomingdale Rd in WP was named after the hospital. The hospital’s wrought iron fencing still surrounds the property with NY Hospital (Cornell) signs.

The original hospital grounds were designed by Frederick L. Olmsted Company. The main building dates from 1894 and two of the homes that were on the grounds when the property was purchased are still on the grounds. The hospital’s wrought iron fencing surrounding the property still has  NY Hospital (Cornell) signs. 

A redeveloped city park at the corner of Bryant and Mamaroneck Ave was once part of the hospital grounds. There are now walking trails and new signage at entrance (see below).

Interestingly, the Bloomingdale’s Department Store located on a section of the hospital’s original property is named for the store’s founders, Joseph and Lyman G. Bloomingdale whose father was Bavarian. The store opened in 1975.

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White Plains Hospital
 
The White Plains Hospital was founded in 1893. The hospital had 4 rooms and except for the doctor, the staff were volunteers.  The small structure was located on Chatterton Ave. At that time Chatterton Hill or Battle Hill was part of Greenburgh till 1916.
 
The hospital moved to Fisher House on Lexington Ave in 1897 before moving to E. Post Road in 1907 to a brick structure that was expanded in 1924. The old structure was demolished and replaced by the 1939 structure.
 
 
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The taller section of the hospital in the picture above is the 1939 building. Today the hospital complex extends from Longview Ave to Davis Ave (main entrance) and is between Maple Ave and E. Post Road. Today the hospital is part of the Montefiore Health System.
 
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
 
 Burke Rehabilitation Hospital (below) on Mamaroneck Ave opened in 1915 as the Winifred Masterson Burke Foundation. There are 12 buildings in the neoclassical style. John Masterson Burke established the hospital dsc02785-2

The hospital is located on the grounds that were once apart of  Bloomingdale Hospital.  Burke is now part of the Montefiore Health System.