James J. Peters VA Medical Center
130 West Kingsbridge Road
The James J. Peters VA Medical Center is the oldest VA in New York City, celebrating over 75 years of service to veterans. The Medical Center is situated on a historic site in the borough of the Bronx. Located on the highest point in New York City, the site served as a strategic vantage point during the Revolutionary War. In 1847 William H. Bailey bought 26 acres of land, where the hospital now stands, as a country home for his bride. Bailey was partners with P.T. Barnum of the Barnum and Bailey Circus fame. In 1889 Bailey's heirs sold the estate to the Sisters of Charity Archdiocese of New York, who constructed an orphanage on the site. The Boy's Chapel built at that time remains on our campus today.
In 1921 the Treasury Department purchased the property from the Archdiocese of New York for use by the U.S. Public Health Service as a hospital for ex-service patients suffering from mental and nervous disorders. The purchase was turned over to the newly formed U.S. Veterans' Bureau by Executive Order on April 20, 1922. By adding several buildings throughout the years, the Bureau made the Bronx hospital the second largest VA facility in the nation, with a total of 1,663 beds, and the first veteran's hospital in New York City. In 1981 new construction produced a modern, well-equipped facility, and in 1986 a newly constructed 120-bed nursing home care unit was opened.
James J. Peters VA Medical Center Today
Today, the James J. Peters VA Medical Center is a multilevel health care Center of Excellence, fully accredited by JCAHO, and composed of 331 authorized beds and a 120-bed Nursing Home Care Unit. It provides tertiary services to a veteran population from the Bronx, Westchester and Rockland Counties, Northern New Jersey, and the New York City metropolitan area.
The James J. Peters VA Medical Center serves as a comprehensive cancer center; a national center for Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and alcohol abuse; a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center; and a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) center. The Medical Center provides secondary and tertiary services to the Montrose (32 miles) and Castle Point (54 miles) VAs and is a member of the Mount Sinai Medical Center Health System.
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