10. Cabrini Medical Center
Cabrini Medical Center in Gramercy. Photo from Wikimedia Commons by Beyond My Ken.
The Cabrini Medical Center in Gramercy, Manhattan was created in 1973 through the merging of two Manhattan hospitals: Columbus Hospital and Italian Hospital. The hospital was closed in 2008 after filing for bankruptcy.
Founded in 1892, Columbus Hospital officially opened in 1896 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, founded by the merger hospital’s namesake Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini. The hospital had a capacity of around 100 beds and was created to address the medical needs of Italian immigrants. The Italian Hospital was created four decades later in 1937 by the Italian Hospital Society, which served a similar purpose. The two hospitals merged in 1973 into a nearly 500-bed facility and became one of the first hospitals to expertly treat patients with AIDS. Famous figures like graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat died at the hospital, while Andy Warhol was pronounced clinically dead from a gunshot wound at Cabrini but survived after resuscitation.
The Cabrini Medical Center closed permanently on March 16, 2008 after previously announcing that the Emergency Department would be closed. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center purchased the medical center buildings for $83.1 million, but they were later converted into residences in 2013.