How Newark’s Social World Works: Saint Micheals and Who is it ment for?


Saint Micheals Hospital is located on the northern east corner of University heights. Located conveinently beside NJIT and Rutgers Newark

Banrupt and private

There are significant drawbacks to private hospitals, too. For example:

  • They often only accept limited forms of insurance.
  • They have the right to refuse to treat anyone who they don't think can pay.
  • They also tend to be more expensive in general.
  • Finally, they usually have very limited numbers of beds.

Saint Michael's Hospital was incorporated by the Sister of the Poor of Saint Francis, a Catholic order, in 1871. The original hospital was in rented quarters at 69 Bleecker Street. The present site at Central Avenue and Martin Luther King Blvd. (High Street) was acquired in 1869. Money for the building of this facility was raised through a general subscription in the Catholic Churches of Newark. The Catholic community met the challenge and in 1871 the hospital building was built.

What to be considered

To focus on the hospital:

  • Will it be a day hospital, a type of poly-clinic? These are quite small but form a growing part of healthcare. They are generally visited by the able-bodied, for short periods of time, for small surgery or to see specialists in non-surgical areas, like dermatology or much cardiology. So, proximity to places of employment and public transportation might be key, as you'll be serving many in the working-age population.
  • Is it an emergency hospital? In which case, clear lines of road transportation need to be set up, but it also would need to have helicopter access if it specialises in things like head or spinal trauma, as these injuries are often sustained in rural or motorway locations. In the UK, hospitals have moved to regional specialisations for things like stroke, neurology, burns etc. and these places need longer distance access.
  • Is it a general hospital? In which case, you'll need a huge amount of land for patient, staff and visitor parking, and for other facilities like university teaching suites, experimental and research facilities. Public transport would be useful (and actually has an impact on things like cancer survival rates - poor people don't go to follow-up appointments if they can't travel there).
  • Is it a teaching hospital? Where is the unviersity it is attached to? How will students get there, or reside there?
  • Are you replacing an existing hospital, or merging two or more? What political realities will this entail? Which constituency representatives have power to sway decisions? What party political priorities are you dealing with? And if there is a pre-existing hospital, are there any heritage issues that need to tie you to a site? Paris is a good example of the sensitive regeneration of old hospitals with heritage value; in Britain, we tend to demolish them.
  • How much primary care work will it be doing?
  • How will you secure energy security? Most hospitals require secondary generation, so how will you make that happen?