Bird S. Coler Hospital
This 1,025-bed facility opened in 1952 as the third (and final) of seven "modern" hospital facilities that were planned for the island in the 1930's. The facility is named after Bird S. Coler (1867-1941) who was New York City's first Comptroller and was a Commissioner of Public Welfare. (reference)
In 1996 the management of the facility was merged with it's sister institution to the south to form Coler\^/Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility, comprehensive care center providing medical, rehabilitative and long-term care to all New York City residents without regard to source of payment.
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