Celebrating 150 Years of Big Hearts Helping Little Patients

Our History

Where We’ve Been

For 150 years, our holistic approach has helped our patients beyond the beds and into the community. We are committed to improving the health and quality of life for children, young adults and families with medical complexities and special healthcare needs.

In 1870, when the Sisters of St. Mary established a small, 15-bed, free hospital in Manhattan for sick and needy children, they set out to provide extraordinary care to New York’s most vulnerable children. This proud tradition continues to be carried out in 2020 through the hard work and dedication of the employees of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Now in our 150th year of operation, it’s amazing how far we have come. Despite the immense challenges that our organization confronts each day, St. Mary’s now takes care of thousands of children each day, both in our 124-bed inpatient facility and in the community, with roots extending back to that humble facility in Hell’s Kitchen 150 years ago.

Children Cared For This year

Children received intensive rehabilitation this year

Timeline

A look to the past

  • 15-bed St. Mary’s
    St. Mary's Founded
  • Training School for Nursery Nurses
    Training School for Nursery Nurses
  • Bayside Campus Ground Breaking
    Bayside Campus Ground Breaking
  • Bayside Campus Dedication
    Bayside Campus
    Bayside Campus Dedication
  • Breakthrough Therapy
    Breakthrough Therapy & Rehabilitation Programs Established
  • St. Mary’s Pioneers
    Home Care Program for Children Established
  • Palliative Care Center
    Palliative Care Center
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Coma Recovery Program
    Traumatic Brain Injury and Coma Recovery Program
  • Intensive Day Patient Program
    Care for Medically Complex Young Adults
  • Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders Opened
    feeding program
    Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders Opened
  • Innovative Home Care Program for Medical Fragile Children and Young Adults
    Innovative Home Care Program for Medically Fragile Children and Young Adults
  • The Children’s Pavilion
    The Children’s Pavilion
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program
    Luke
    Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program
  • St. Mary’s Vent-Equipped Beds.
    St. Mary's Vent-Equipped Bed Expansion

Your Impact

Your support has helped thousands of kids. These are just a few of their stories.

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