Lakeside hospital began as Nassau/Suffolk General Hospital in 1939 on the estate of WilliamE Hawkins who was the president of the American brass and copper company.
The Hawkins mansion is pictured in the video circa 1915. it had been built around 1910 it was a 40 room mansion called wild goose farm Hawkins later sold the estate in 1926.
The estate became the Nassau/Suffolk General Hospital on July first 1939 featuring 54 beds with 40 of them for children. It reported its first patient by September 14 1939
the hospital was purchased by Robert H Bailey in April of 1946.
A fire occurred sometime after august 1949 and some patients including newborns had to be evacuated to private residences. By August of 1956 the hospital changed it’s name to lakeside hospital.
Lakeside hospital remained operational until November 1975 and was then left empty and subsequently damaged by fire. It was demolished and the lakeside manor apartment complex was built in its location on the northeast corner of the intersection of Cedar court and Howard avenue just north of Montauk Highway.
I happen to be one of the people who were born in Copiague. I was born in Lakeside hospital in 1959. A lot of the so-called “boomers” born the 1950’s and early ’60’s, that grew up in Copiague were born in Amityville at Brunswick hospital. I’ve only met one other person who was born in Copiague at lakeside hospital and that was a girl who was born on the same day me and we only met once on our 21st birthday when she picked me up hitchhiking home from Robert Moses state park.
If you were born in an Area Hospital, please let us know which in the poll below. Thanks for stopping by today.
Born In An Area Hospital?
- Lakeside Hospital Copiague - 42
- Brunswick Hospital Amityville - 29
- Good Samaritan Hospital West Islip - 17
- Brunwick - 1
- South Shore Hospital,Bayshore - 7
- Southside Hospital, Baushore - 2