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Posted by Jack V. on Sunday, June 28th 2020:

In Reply to: Re: Marble Hill posted by Mike K on Saturday, June 27th 2020:

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This article is about a New York City-based organization. For a similarly-named Boston-based organization, see Floating Hospital for Children.

The Floating Hospital

Julian Davidson - The Emma Abbott, First Floating Hospital.JPG
The Emma Abbott, the first floating hospital vessel, in an 1876 painting


New York City, New York, United States


Hospitals in Queens

The Floating Hospital is a non-profit organization that provides healthcare services to medically underserved communities in New York City, both from its headquarters in Long Island City, Queens and from satellite offices in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Though today it is a land-based organization, the organization operated a succession of vessels which frequently cruised New York Harbor and nearby waterways, giving indigent children and their caregivers a respite from overcrowded tenements. While they were aboard, the Floating Hospital's staff of pediatricians, dentists, nurses, and social workers would provide healthcare services to children and health and nutrition education to their caregivers.

Despite its name, the organization does not operate a hospital in the usual sense. It has functioned as an outpatient facility from its earliest days, though it was affiliated with an acute care hospital prior to World War II. Presently, it is not affiliated with any other organization. The Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, founded in 1894, was inspired by the Floating Hospital in New York but was always a separate organization. It became a land-based acute care hospital in the 1930s and later merged with Tufts Medical Center.

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