by Neil Tandon for the Roosevelt Island Historical Society©
GOLDWATER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Goldwater Memorial Hospital opened in 1939 as the Welfare Island Hospital for Chronic Diseases. (This island was then called Welfare.) It is a nursing, chronic care, and rehabilitative facility with 986 beds. Goldwater was designed by Isadore Rosenfield, Butler & Kohn, and York & Sawyer. The hospital covers 9.9 acres, with seven connected buildings, shaped like chevrons to garner river views.
Before the hospital's construction, New York City's Hospitals Commissioner, Dr. S. S. Goldwater (the hospital's eventual namesake), and Parks Commissioner Robert Moses debated intensely on how to use the land throughout the island.
After the war the city's priorities shifted to schools, mass transit, and highways. Bird S. Coler Hospital (1952), at the island's northern end, is the only other remaining product of Dr. Goldwater's hospital park plan.
Due to Goldwater Hospital's setting, patient care does not occur solely within the hospital's walls. On nice days, patients scatter along the river promenade, receiving the therapy of shady cherry trees, peacefully flowing water, marvelous Manhattan views, and wholesome socialization.
|Roosevelt Island Historical Walk 2000 by Neil Tandon & Roosevelt Island Historical Society|