Welcome to SBH Health System family. We love serving people in the Bronx community. We want to make sure you get the best care possible. We want you to get healthy and stay healthy no matter your ability to pay. While you are here, we hope you and your loved ones enjoy our beautiful campus located in the heart of the Bronx. We have many locations throughout the Bronx where you can see other SBH providers for many other conditions.
Across from the hospital on Third Avenue is the new SBH Health and Wellness Center, which opened in late 2020. Included is the Healthplex Fitness Center, the SBH Teaching Kitchen, centers for Women’s Imaging, Children’s Health and Women’s Health, a WIC site and a rooftop farm (with a food pantry and four bee hives where honey is produced). In a short time, the services here have already been a huge difference in the health and wellness of our patients.
SBH is proud to be a teaching hospital for medical students and residents on their way to becoming doctors. You’ll see the very best students from CUNY School of Medicine, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
St. Barnabas Hospital
Central to our healthcare system is St. Barnabas Hospital, a 422-bed, not-for-profit, nonsectarian, acute care community hospital and Level 2 Trauma Center authorized to treat the most critically ill and severely injured patients. As a New York State-designated Stroke Center and State-designated AIDS Center, we provide access to much-needed services in our community.
SBH Ambulatory Care Center
St. Barnabas is a major provider of ambulatory care services, with more than 400,000 outpatient visits annually. Our primary care physicians, specialists and sub-specialists offer a full scope of healthcare services to meet our patients’ changing healthcare needs. The Center has achieved designation as an NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home, which means that our patients benefit from the newest and best model of care available. They not only have their own personal doctor, they have a whole healthcare team dedicated to their care.
SBH Behavioral Health
One of the largest providers of mental health services in the Bronx, SBH Behavioral Health facilities provide essential services through 19 programs designed to support and meet the mental health needs of adults, teenagers and children in the borough. The Center’s highly trained staff handles more than 160,000 visits annually, underscoring the crucial need for these services and the important role of this facility in our network.
Graduate Medical Education
SBH Health System trains 280 physicians annually and offers residency programs in a variety of disciplines including internal medicine, pediatrics, pharmacy, dentistry and surgery. We are also proud to run one of the country’s largest hospital-based general practice dental residency programs. SBH Health System is affiliated with the CUNY School of Medicine, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
St. Barnabas is accredited by the Joint Commission.
SBH Health System is committed to improving the health and wellness of our community and is dedicated to providing the highest quality care in a compassionate, comprehensive and safe environment where the patient always comes first, regardless of their ability to pay.
To be the healthcare partner of choice in the Bronx providing superior service and transformative programs that meet the diverse needs of our community.
SBH Health System is the primary clinical affiliate of the CUNY School of Medicine and is affiliated with the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. It is accredited by the Joint Commission.
The vision, wisdom and leadership of St. Barnabas Hospital’s dedicated Board of Trustees assure that the hospital’s mission—to provide the highest quality of care to all in need—is fulfilled in keeping with the highest standards.
Victor R. Wright, Chairman
David Harris, Vice Chairman
Elizabeth Juárez Sánchez, LCSW, Secretary
Mildred Allen, Ph.D (retired).
Afua Atta-Mensah, Esq.
Hon. John A. Barone (retired)
Nancy Busch Rossnagel, Ph.D.
William T. Colona
Mrs. Helen Foster (retired)
Laura A. Guerra
Amarilis Jacobo, DDS
Mr. Artie Johnson
Mr. Richard G. Ketchum
David Maurrasse, Ph.D.
Charles Moerdler, Esq.
Mr. Todd Reinglass
Mrs. Wendy Rodriguez (retired)
Derek Tice-Brown, PhD, MSW
Mr. Barry A. Wintner, CFA
David Perlstein, MD
President – Chief Executive Officer
Eric Appelbaum, DO
Senior Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer
Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer
Keith Wolf, Esq.
Executive Vice President – Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Jitendra Barmecha, MD, MPH, FACP
Senior Vice President – Chief Information and Digital Strategy Officer
Ruth Cassidy, BS, PharmD, FACHE
Senior Vice President – Clinical Support Services
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Robert Church, RN, MS, MBA
Senior Vice President – Patient Care Services
John DiGirolomo, CHFM
Senior Vice President – Facilities Management
Manisha Kulshreshtha, MD
Senior Vice President – Chief Clinical and Strategy Officer
Daniel Lombardi, DO
Senior Vice President – Chief Medical Officer
Ninfa Segarra, JD
Senior Vice President – Communications & External, Community & Government Affairs
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Vice President – Operations
Cassandra Andrews Jackson
Vice President – Chief Compliance & HIPAA Privacy Officer
Vice President – Quality & Risk Management
Vice President – Information Technology & CISO
Vice President – Finance & Budget
Vice President – Patient Experience
Jeeny M Job, DO
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Karen R. Johnson
Vice President – Human Resources
Alvin C Lin
Vice President – Ambulatory Transformation & Innovation
Vice President – Community & Government Affairs
Vice President – Revenue Cycle & Reimbursement
Jacqueline A Witter
Vice President – Nursing
SBH: SERVING THE PEOPLE OF THE BRONX FOR 150 YEARS
St. Barnabas Hospital (SBH Health System), the oldest continuing healthcare facility in New York City, celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2016.
The history of the hospital began when it was incorporated on April 6th, 1866, a year after the end of the Civil War. In 1867, a facility known as the “Home for the Incurables” received 33 patients at its modest frame house in West Farms (which was then an incorporated area of New York City). This would become the nation’s first chronic disease hospital.
It was at a time when anesthesia was not in general use, surgery was primitive, and no definitive cures yet existed for tuberculosis, cholera, influenza, pneumonia and other diseases. These patients, who suffered from epilepsy, arthritic deformities, paralysis, senility and other chronic illnesses, could not be cared for in existing hospitals at the time. They generally stayed for a long time, in some cases for as long as 30 years.
In 1874, the facility moved to its present 10-acre site on Third Avenue, where by 1911 it had increased its accommodations to 300 beds. Since about one-third of the patients were treated “without any expense whatever,” the hospital needed donations to keep its doors open. Support came from such luminaries of New York Society as Cornelius Vanderbilt (who served on the hospital’s Board of Managers), John Jacob Astor, Theodore Roosevelt and Frederic Law Olmstead. The Mills Building, a home for nurses built by Ogden Mills, later President Herbert Hoover’s Secretary of the Treasury, opened in 1926, and the Braker Building, a resident for needy elderly patients, was built in 1928.
An entire new plant, which is now the main building of St. Barnabas Hospital, opened in 1931. In 1947, the name was changed to St. Barnabas Hospital for Chronic Diseases (later shortened to St. Barnabas Hospital).
Vice-President Hubert Humphrey gave the keynote speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s West Wing in 1969. The six-story structure accommodated 188 beds in private and semi-private rooms, and also included construction of a new kitchen and cafeteria. The hospital, now with over 400 beds, was reclassified as an acute care facility in the 1970s. In the 1980s, the hospital developed a medical education program that today includes training for residents in emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, general surgery and other programs (including psychiatry, whose first class begins in 2016). The hospital became affiliated with Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center (now SBH Behavioral Health) in 1988 to offer mental health services.
In the 1990s and early 2000, the hospital received state designation as a Level 2 Trauma Center (and would later became the focus of two documentaries on trauma care), an AIDS Center and Stroke Center. Over the next few years, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery and hemodialysis centers, a cardiac catheterization laboratory, a state-designated Level III Perinatal Center, an Infusion Center, an expanded hospice unit, and a federally-designated Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health all opened. As part of its extensive outreach program, a mobile mammography program began. Upgrades were made to the laboratory and centers for cancer and cardiac care with the arrival of the most advanced technology. The hospital opened the first Men’s Health Center in the Bronx in 2015.
Today, SBH Health System provides access to much-needed healthcare services in the Bronx through St. Barnabas Hospital, SBH Ambulatory Care Center, and SBH Behavioral Health.
It is playing a pivotal role in the transformation of health care in the Bronx. This includes earning the highest level of certification for a patient-centered medical home, allowing patients to benefit from the newest and best model of care available. SBH has taken a leadership role in the state’s DSRIP program, as the lead partner in Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities. This includes more than 200 Bronx community-based organizations that are working together to improve health care delivery and outcomes for Bronx residents. Most recently, to help develop primary care physicians who will serve the city’s underserved communities, SBH Health System became the primary clinical affiliate of the first-ever CUNY School of Medicine.