Team members of Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH) today celebrated the hospital’s 150th year of providing high quality, compassionate care to the community. MEETH admitted its first patient on October 15, 1869 in a rented brownstone at 233 East 34th Street. Today, the hospital continues to strengthen its commitment to improve the health needs of New Yorkers for generations to come.
"This milestone gives us the chance to celebrate an amazing century and a half of providing exceptional care to our patients," said Joseph Manopella, deputy executive director of Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. "MEETH’s achievements are the result of our employees, physicians and volunteers who have committed themselves to making a difference in the lives of those we serve. We continue to expand our services and improve the care we provide as we embark on the next 150 years."
MEETH is commemorating this milestone anniversary in a year-long series of events that reflect and deepen the hospital’s significant community ties and looks ahead to a bright future.
Milestones throughout MEETH's history include:
“This anniversary gives us the opportunity to recognize the way that Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital has raised the bar throughout the years, expanding our thinking of what’s possible in the field of health care,” said Kevin Beiner, senior vice president and Northwell’s western regional executive director. “Now, as we begin the next phase, we’re celebrating its rich history of caring for New York, and its even more exciting future.”
MEETH is internationally recognized for its achievements and research contributions in ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, plastic surgery and sports medicine. The hospital has achieved distinction as a premier academic institution, providing post-graduate training and instruction to ophthalmology, otolaryngology and plastic surgery residents, physicians and clinicians. In addition to its ophthalmology and otolaryngology departments, MEETH provides care through several outpatient specialty clinics, including the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine (NISMAT), a Primary Care Clinic, the Laser Ophthalmic Center, the Center for Attention and Learning, the Outpatient Center for Mental Health (OCMH) and the LuEsther T. Mertz Retinal Research Center.
MEETH is a member of Northwell Health, New York’s largest private employer and health care provider. Since partnering with Northwell in 2010, MEETH has received nearly $100 million in capital investments which underscores Northwell’s commitment to meeting the future health needs of New Yorkers. Future plans include broadening its scope of services, expanding its role as a leading teaching institution and strengthening its capabilities in groundbreaking research. The hospital has been given a structural and electrical upgrade and future plans call for updating the exterior of the building and making it more contextual with the surrounding neighborhood.
Northwell has established more than 80 outpatient facilities in Manhattan, in addition to Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital and the 160,000–square-foot Lenox Health Greenwich Village, which houses Manhattan’s first and only freestanding Emergency Center, imaging and ambulatory surgery centers and a medical pavilion.
In honor of its founding on October 15, 1869, MEETH celebrated 150 years of service with a luncheon for hospital staff in Corwin Hall.
For dessert, MEETH staff celebrated the hospital's legacy over cake and cannolis.
(L-R) Daniel Baker, MD, Medical Director, Lenox Hill Hospital/MEETH; Beata Mastalerz, Senior Administrative Director, Perioperative Services, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital; Joe Manopella, Deputy Executive Director, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital; Irene Macyk, RN, Associate Executive Director, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Lenox Hill Hospital/MEETH; Alex Hellinger, PhD, Executive Director, Lenox Health Greenwich Village; Jill Kalman, MD, Executive Director, Lenox Hill Hospital
MEETH staff enjoyed lunch and laughs in their 150th anniversary jackets.
MEETH staff celebrated the historic date over a catered lunch, which included charcuterie, a meat carving station, and a selection of pastas.
MEETH staff posed for photos and selfies before heading back to their departments with lunch in tow.
Bringing together friends from MEETH's different service lines, the celebration called for some group selfies.
MEETH staff arrived at the celebration wearing their specially made 150th anniversary jackets.