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The State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, also known as Downstate Medical Center, is among the largest health science centers in the United States, and it is the largest of four such centers within the 64 unit State University of New York public higher education system. The Health Science Center at Brooklyn, an amalgam of facilities occupying 13 acres in the geographic center of Brooklyn, in fulfilling its mandate is a major provider of medical education, research in the medical sciences, and clinical care for the communities of Brooklyn and Staten Island.
The Center consists of the College of Medicine, Health Related Professions (including Nurse-Midwifery, Physician Assistants, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Health Administration, Radiological Sciences), Nursing, the School of Graduate Studies and the new School of Public Health. The Center has a student body of 1,600, a full-time, part-time and voluntary faculty of nearly 3,000, and support staff of 3,000. Downstate sponsors 51GME programs with about 900 residents and fellows affiliated with over 20 hospitals.
The Health Science Center facilities expanded in January 1992 with the opening of the new Health Science Education Building. Within the new building are state-of-the-art conference rooms, classrooms, laboratories, a 500 seat auditorium, and the new Medical Research Library of Brooklyn occupying three floors of the facility. More recently, the Center has led efforts in biotechnology with the Advanced Biotechnology Incubator and Park and the BioBAT at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
The Medical Research Library is one of the largest medical libraries in the United States, with over 250,000 volumes and 1200 current periodical titles in its active collection. The library is automated with an on-line catalog, MEDLINE literature search, CINDAL, and the Bibliographic Retrieval Services' 150 databases. Articles not held by the library can be obtained via Inter-Library Loan. Additional features include a collection of video tapes, slides, audio cassettes and multimedia. The library also supports an array of on-line web based resources including full-text journals, textbooks and services such as MD-Consult and Up to Date.
The Health Science Center has a Scientific/Academic Computing Center and a department of Computer and Information Services. The Center's Student Center Building provides numerous recreational facilities available to housestaff. These include a gymnasium, weight room, indoor olympic swimming pool, sauna, racketball courts, tennis courts, meeting rooms, and discount theater ticket office. Also housed in the Student Center Building is the medical school bookstore where most texts and medical instruments are in stock or easily ordered.« Back to Top
Kings County Hospital Center, located across the street from Downstate and University Hospital of Brooklyn, is a large general acute-care municipal hospital. Situated on 43 acres and once containing 24 buildings, Kings County is the major provider of health services in the Borough of Brooklyn. It is a designated Trauma Center with eight ICUs and 700 beds accepting 35,000 admissions annually. The pediatric medical and pediatric surgical services occupy approximately 50 beds, there is a 7 bed PICU and there are 50 bassinets in the newborn service with an additional 30 for special care and intensive care needs. There are approximately 3000 pediatric admissions, 2000 term deliveries, 450 PICU and 750 NICU admissions to Kings County annually. The pediatric outpatient service (including the pediatric emergency room, subspecialty clinics, continuity clinics and walk-in services) sees an average of 350 patients per day and over 100,000 patients per year.
At Kings County, all patients are service patients, with the house staff assuming responsibility for their care under the supervision and tutelage of the attending faculty. All clinical services are well equipped with computers and access to information services and on-line educational resources. All inpatient and outpatient areas of KCHC utilize electronic medical records, computerized physician order entry, computerized clinical testing, pathology and laboratory services and imaging studies accessible via a PACS system. The pharmacy is automated and distributes medications via Pyxis. Specimen transport is facilitated by a pneumatic tube system. Phlebotomy, IV and transport services are administered by the Nursing Department. The pediatric service at Kings County Hospital has a unit for children 5 years of age through adolescence until 21 years age, a unit for the care of infants and toddlers with several step-down and several isolation beds, and a state of the art PICU. The spectrum of patients admitted to these units span the entire range of acute illnesses, trauma and exacerbations of chronic diseases seen in children. There is an ultra modern neonatal intensive and special care unit and normal newborn service.
The pediatric outpatient service at Kings County Hospital is quite active. There is a new state-of-the-art pediatric Acute Care and Emergency Facility that is separate from and functions independently of the adult Emergency Room. In addition, there are areas for routine follow-up and preventive care, resident continuity clinics, subspecialty clinics, and the clinical services dedicated to the care of children at high risk.
Kings County Hospital, founded in 1833, has been undergoing major redevelopment with construction of entirely new facilities. The new state of the art hospital inpatient tower was occupied in December 2001. All medical and surgical outpatient services have relocated to a newly renovated ambulatory services pavilion. A new diagnostic and treatment building for Emergency Services, operating rooms, diagnostic and therapeutic radiology, and maternity services was completed in Spring 2004. In 2009, entirely new inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities serving children and adolescents were completed as well. Kings County continues to fulfill its staunch commitment to patient-centered care.« Back to Top
Children's Hospital at Downstate