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Patient Tameka Cooke sitting in kitchen on stool

From homeless to progress: one patient's story

Patient Tameka Cooke's story of courage and perseverance was instrumental in telling us what moms like her need. Her experience informed the launch of our Life Skills Assistance program


The Value of Listening

Sociologist and former ship intern, Dr. Sarahjane Brittis, tells us how actively listening to patients led to study that is transforming how The Floating Hospital delivers healthcare.


Poverty and Parenthood

Believe it or not, in the late 1800’s, society urged the poor to divest themselves of their “offspring” and send them into service or other forms of child labor. By contrast, The Floating Hospital took the then progressive approach that extreme poverty would not break the bond between a mother and her child, and that the key to the health of both was recognizing the importance of those relationships and giving them the means to thrive. The Floating Hospital’s annual reports from this era show incredible efforts by staff to educate the poor on nutrition, rest, and other essential life skills—and the equally incredible and heroic efforts by them to raise their children as best they could. Today, the poorest among need that same encouragement and support, and as we have been from our inception, The Floating Hospital is there to provide that helping hand.


Help make healthcare for all New Yorkers a reality


Thank you from all of us at 
The Floating Hospital

Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 3391,
New York, New York 10163

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