Staten Island University Hospital is a specialized teaching hospital located in Staten Island. What began as a one-room infirmary more than 150 years ago has grown to become a 714-bed teaching hospital that spans two campuses, providing a vast array of services in health and wellness. The 17-acre North campus houses Staten Island’s most modern emergency department, a state-of-the-art education center, and a medical arts pavilion. The South campus boasts its own emergency department and offers a range of specialty programs, including geriatric psychiatry, behavioral health and substance abuse services. SIUH is one of three hospitals in Staten Island and the only one that has an Emergency Medicine Residency.
Founded in 1861 as the Samuel R. Smith Infirmary, the institution adopted its current name during the 1990s with the merger of Staten Island Hospital (now the North Campus) and the Richmond Memorial Hospital (now the South Campus). SIUH maintains an academic affiliation with the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, whose medical students and residents complete a portion of their training at SIUH. SIUH also operates, in conjunction with Wagner College, a Physician Assistant training program and a Physician Assistant Fellowship in Emergency Medicine.
The North Campus was constructed in the 1970s when Staten Island Hospital outgrew its original site on Castleton Avenue. It is located at 475 Seaview Avenue, between Mason Avenue and Olympia Boulevard in the South Beach neighborhoods of Staten Island. It houses the Staten Island Heart Institute, Level 1 Trauma Center and the regional Burn Center, and serves as a training site for the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine's graduate medical education programs. The South Campus was originally the Richmond Memorial Hospital in Prince's Bay, Staten Island. It gained its current name when it merged with the Staten Island Hospital during the 1980s. It is located at 375 Seguine Avenue.
Dr. Gilbert Lederman became the director of SIUH’s radiation oncology department, at age 34. During his tenure, he greatly expanded the department's capacity and installed state-of-the-art equipment. In 1991, Lederman became the first doctor in New York to offer brain radiosurgery. He also aggressively promoted the new treatment, through media advertisements, interviews, presentations at the hospital, and an international tour comprising Lederman's travels to Italy, England, Israel, and many other countries. The hospital ultimately started an International Patient Program and opened an office in Naples, Italy. Soon, sick people from all over the world were flying in. Even an ailing Beatle was willing to give the innovative treatment. Lederman was summoned to the Harrisons’ Swiss villa to make his case for treatment. In November 2001, Harrison began radiotherapy at Staten Island University Hospital, in New York City, for non-small cell lung cancer that had spread to his brain.
In 2013, the hospital was re-awarded the lead agency contract to manage and oversee the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Cancer Services Program of Staten Island during the 2013-2018 grant periods. The Joint Commission also recognized Staten Island University Hospital in 2013 for exemplary performance in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. The National Research Corporation, which specializes in healthcare performance measurement and improvement, awarded Staten Island University Hospital with the Consumer Choice Award. We were one of only 15 hospitals to receive this award in New York state. In 2014, Staten Island University Hospital was also awarded full accreditation for the next three years by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. In 2015, Staten Island University Hospital received its fourth Top Performer award designated by the Joint Commission. Staten Island University Hospital was named by the American College of Radiology as a Diagnostic Center of Excellence. The hospital overall also received Leapfrog Group A Rating for quality of care.