Alpha Hospital: Unique, But Not Singular

Khiara M. Bridges

in Reproducing Race

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268944
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949447 | DOI:
Alpha Hospital: Unique, But Not Singular

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This chapter describes the location of the Alpha Hospital within the larger public health context. It discusses the colourful history of the Alpha Hospital, situated within New York City, and also the nation. It argues that the Alpha Hospital is the best public hospital in the country and one of the few places in the nation where poor people have access to first-rate outstanding health care. It clarifies that although the Alpha Hospital is unique, it should not be understood as singular—to the extent that the Alpha is a site wherein poor, pregnant women's bodies are excessively problematized and racial inequities are reiterated, this is a product not of some curious quality of the Alpha, but rather the Alpha as an institution depends upon public dollars to deliver health care to uninsured, marginalized persons in the United States.

Keywords: Alpha Hospital; public health; New York City; public hospital; pregnant women; marginalized persons; health care; United States

Chapter.  8267 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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