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. 🙂

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15 Responses

  1. Andrew A. Fernandez Jr. says:

    j.c.h.e.o. (joint commision

    joint comission must of closed this hosipatal.

  2. jean says:

    I was a non-union employee of Smithtown General, I’left in 1969, I am now retired. Was there a retirement program at this hospital?

  3. Babs says:

    Was born at Smithtown General Hospital in 1973 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was born there in 1982. I heard there was a fire and then it was demolished.

  5. lARRY bROOK says:

    Goodness, I didn’t know until this minute what happened to Smithtown General Hospital. I was a patient there for five or six weeks in early 1962 – right after it must have opened. I was only 17 but had blood clots in both legs. I will always remember the color TV in my room. My parents were missionaries in Africa, and they flew all the way home to New York to be with me when I died. But I lived! In fact, one night my Dad Ronald B. Brook visited me and we watched the Gregory Peck Moby Dick film on my color TV… LARRY BROOK

  6. Scott Galvin says:

    I was born there in 65 and went back for a minor surgery in 67. All I remember is the chocolate shake I had in the cafeteria and the disgusting cream corn they served me in 67. lol

  7. Valerie says:

    I have mixed emotions about it, I had 2 children there (’83 & ’86) Grandparents passed away there ☹️
    Believe there was a fire and afterward sat awhile until being torn down. Had my 3rd child at St. John’s in ’93. It was gone

  8. Tobi says:

    I was a candy striper there for a long time in the early 80’s. My son was born there in 1992

  9. John Adams says:

    I worked in the lab and as a phlebotomist after high school in 1962. Went from there to NYU , SUNY College of Medicine in Syracuse and practiced as a Pediatrician in the Air Force and in central Ohio. I learned a lot that summer.

  10. Kathryn Del Mastro says:

    My sister and I were the First set of twins born at Smithtown General Hospital

  11. Mildred Seda says:

    I have many wonderful memories of my years @ SGH. I began there in 1970 as an LPN scrub nurse in the OR and left as an RN evening OR Supervisor in 1989 when Hospital was taken over by St Johns (Catherine of Siena) Hospital in Smithtown. SGH had 5 OR rooms which thro the years were updated and modernized. A new addition with coffee shop and lobby (forget year) built adjacent to ER eventually allowed for direct transfer of pts. to OR and ICU unit above. I remember the excitement when passageway connecting OR to ICU was fully operational. I always thought we provided excellent care despite being a small community hospital.

  12. Jeff says:

    I was born there in 1962. I went to Smithtown East and did an externship in radiology there which helped me get into the Johns Hopkins radiology program. Great memories and experience working with Richie and Ed in radiology. They were great mentors and the hospital fed the volunteers who worked there. Miss it all!

  13. Kathy says:

    I was born at Smithtown General Hospital in February, 1962. My birth certificate has a lovely artist rendering of the brand new hospital as a watermark. And a fancy gold seal. We moved away to So Cal before I was a year old.

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