The merger of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital with New York Downtown Hospital was completed last week. The 180-bed community hospital, now renamed NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, remains the only hospital south of 14th Street in Manhattan, serving a daily population of some 750,000 residents, visitors and professionals. The merger was made possible with the assistance and approval of the New York State Department of Health.
In making the announcement of the merger earlier this summer, Dr. Steven J. Corwin, chief executive officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, highlighted the role that NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan plays in the health care of the community. "As the only acute care hospital serving lower Manhattan, this campus is vital to meeting the health care needs of many populations," said Dr. Corwin. "We are working closely with the community, as well as with Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Cornell physicians, to create a first-class campus that provides the highest quality, most compassionate care and service for patients and their families."