120 Years & Counting
From 4 Beds to a Large Network of Exceptional Care
It was 1894 and Oneida was a growing city strategically located on an important railroad junction. A stamp was two cents and President Grover Cleveland was beginning his second term. That year a railroad accident occurred creating the need for local hospitalization in Oneida. Like many thriving cities during that time, services the community needed derived from necessity. To provide care for the victims of the accident, a treatment room was established at the Presbyterian Church and the need for quality healthcare services close to home started to take shape.
It was with the support of Oneida Mayor, J. M. Goldstein, who donated a plot of land on Williams Street that Oneida Health officially began when a four-bed hospital opened its doors in 1899. The need for expansion was quickly realized and the first Broad Street Hospital was built in 1906, followed by a new 80-bed Broad Street facility in 1938.
But modernized efforts could not keep pace with the growth of surrounding communities and the subsequent need for expanded healthcare services. In 1967, with overwhelming community support, the present hospital overlooking the City from its Genesee Street location was approved. The 126-bed hospital, which we operate out of today, opened its doors in 1972. Two years later, the former Broad Street hospital was converted into the Extended Care Facility, filling the community’s need for a comprehensive healthcare system. The current Extended Care Facility opened in January of 1993, with 160-beds, including an 11-bed ventilator unit and 2 respite care beds.
Over the years, Oneida Health has continued to identify and meet the growing needs of the communities we serve. In 1991, we recognized the need for primary and preventive care services and the hospital opened its first satellite facility, the Harden Blvd. Health Center in the village of Camden. This was the beginning of Oneida Health’s Circle of Care.
Today, Oneida Health continues to be committed to its mission to plan, promote, provide and coordinate the highest quality
progressive and comprehensive health care services for the greater Oneida area and surrounding communities. Serving approximately 29 communities with a population of approximately 100,000, Oneida Health currently includes a 101-bed acute care hospital, state of the art surgery center, 160-bed extended-care and short-term rehab facility, multiple primary and urgent care offices, comprehensive lab services, home medical equipment, comprehensive imaging services, outpatient therapy, and specialties in: oncology, neurology, podiatry, vascular, sleep, OB/GYN, orthopedics, wound care, GI, and ENT. From a modest beginning to a robust network of services, Oneida Health will continue its commitment to deliver the highest quality of care and patient experience, close to home.
Oneida Health History