Video: The 125-year history of an NYC hospital

Here’s a treat for those who enjoy learning more the history of hospitals and public health. This  video, replete with classic period photos of Brooklyn at the turn of the century, outlines the long, rich history of the country’s first Methodist hospital.  New York Methodist, which was founded to serve the city’s poorest residents, was founded in 1881 and remains in operation. (By the way, some of you will get a kick out of the 100-year-old fundraising letter shown during the presentation; some things never change, eh?)

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Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.


  • Thanks for your kind words about our video, developed to celebrate our 125th anniversary in 2006. We were very lucky that Pete Hamill agreed to do the narration.
    Your link is actually a series of excerpts from the original piece, about three times as long, that also included comments by Senator Charles Schumer and then-Senator, now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

  • Lyn:

    Thanks for your response! I guess I made a mistake on the headline — you must be approaching 130 years of history at this point. Please feel free to post links to the other two videos at your convenience.

    I happen to be a serious history buff where turn of the century New York is concerned; do you folks have a museum or some other form of historical collection documenting your history in depth?


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