History

Founded in 1919 as a 60-bed hospital to serve needy Eastern European Jewish immigrants and to train Jewish physicians denied educational opportunities elsewhere, Mount Sinai has a rich history of catering to the underserved. Today, the hospital serves a predominantly African American and Latino community with vigor and dedication that has only grown stronger through the years.

Sinai has served its community for more than 90 years
Mount Sinai began in 1912 as Maimonides Hospital, named for a great Torah scholar and Aristotelian philosopher born in Spain, trained as a physician and committed to a lifestyle tempered by moderation in all things. After being reorganized and renamed, it reopened as Mount Sinai Hospital in 1918.

In the 1920s, Sinai physicians stressed clinical research in areas such as cardiology, bariatrics, gastrointestinal surgery, obstetrics and gynecology. During the Second World War, medical research became laboratory-based, with research expanding to subspecialties such as pathology, cardiology, hematology, surgery, psychiatry, anesthesiology and radiology. Most recently, the hospital campus has expanded and developed many innovative community-based programs, with impressive growth in maternal and child health, as well as in the emergency department. Today, Sinai Health System encompasses Mount Sinai Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Sinai Medical Group, Sinai Community Institute and Sinai Urban Health Institute.

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