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COURIER L 34 IFE, JUNE 18-24, 2021
Maimonides to open
emergency department at site
of former Victory Memorial
The site of the former Victory Memorial Hospital near the border of Bay Ridge and Dyker
Heights, currently operated by SUNY Downstate. Google
BY JESSICA PARKS
Maimonides Medical Center will
open a new emergency department
within the old Victory Memory Hospital
site near the border of Bay Ridge
and Dyker Heights.
The hospital, located at the intersection
of 92nd Street and Seventh Avenue,
was purchased by SUNY Downstate
Medical Center in 2008, two
years after its closure.
The site was renamed SUNY Downstate
at Bay Ridge and was used for
comprehensive ambulatory care only,
which did not require overnight stays,
after SUNY Downstate discontinued
urgent and laboratory care at the location.
SUNY Downstate later credited
the purchase as partial cause for
its poor fi nancial situation in 2013.
City Councilmember Justin Brannan,
who represents Bay Ridge and
Dyker Heights, broke the news of the
neighborhood’s new emergency department
on Twitter in the afternoon
of June 15, only hours after he teased
a “game-changer” for his district.
It is unclear whether Maimonides
bought the medical facility or if it
will rent from SUNY Downstate, but
Maimonides plans to host an offi cial
groundbreaking at the Dyker Heights
hospital on June 25, according to a
hospital rep, who declined to comment
The former Victory Memorial Hospital,
which specialized in maternity
care, had a history fraught with calamity.
In 1999, two patients were killed
in their hospital room by one of their
sons, and in 1970, a truck holding liquid
oxygen being delivered to the hospital
exploded outside, killing the
driver, a bystander and injuring 40.
The hospital also settled a lawsuit
in 1992 after allegedly giving a patient
receiving emergency ulcer surgery
HIV-tainted blood in 1986 and the
same doctor accused of the infectious
blood transfusion faced criminal
charges for allegedly killing two patients
with his secretary at the same
time of the settlement.
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