Smithtown General Hospital
Throughout the 70s, a small hospital sat at the intersection of Smithtown Bypass and Route 111. Serving the community for almost 40 years, Smithtown General lives on only in memories.
The hospital opened to much fanfare in March of 1961. It was the first hospital in the township, and boasted the most modern radiology department in the metropolitan New York area.
Smithtown General had 135 beds available when it opened. Every room contained a color televison and was air-conditioned. Not including the doctors, the hospital employed 160 people at the time.
In the years that followed, countless Long Islanders watched the birth of their children here. They comforted ailing friends and family members, and also lost people dear to them inside those tan brick walls.
Into the 1970s, Smithtown General went from modern to really showing its age. It also wasn’t without controversy. The hospital was sued in 1978, when a prosthetic salesman was allowed to participate in a surgical procedure without the knowledge or consent of the patient. Let’s just say the procedure didn’t go well.
When the 90s arrived, Smithtown’s days were numbered. Despite it being closed, however, it wasn’t actually torn down until 2007. In the interm, many photos were taken of its decrepit ruins. I won’t share them here, but if want to see creepy abandoned medical equipment and graffiti, they aren’t hard to find.
My memories of Smithtown General are mostly of long boring visits, when the kids got to sit quietly in the waiting room while the adults visited. I also once had a brother who survived less than a day on this planet, all of it spent at Smithtown General.
I understand the memories for many are bittersweet of Smithtown General, and joyous for others. I welcome all of your recollections in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, there was no video footage of Smithtown General and very little information available. I couldn’t even get a definitive answer on when it closed. That’s why the article isn’t specific in that regard. The majority of information is from archived newspaper articles.
Sometimes you just do the best with what you have. 🙂