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15. Wisteria House
Built 1939

This building at one time held the criminally insane on the top floor who were treated with shock therapy
Dr. Pinsley was well respected in the field of shock therapy and his work at the Kings Park Hospital
It's said he brought criminally insane patients home after months of treatment for yard work and a nice dinner.
A few years before the Hospital closed these patients began being sent upstate


January 2011


My name is Greg Szurnicki and I began work here on January 17, 1955. On the top floor was my Ward, Ward 65, it had 85 patients, and the beds were only 4 inches apart, mixed diagnoses and psychosis. The only medication that was of any consequence was Sodium Amethol and Dilantin for those who had epilepsy.


This wing (South Side) in the center was the day room and the one on the far side was the dormitory. In between was a bathroom, treatment room, a shower room.


In the end psychotropic drugs, and the sophisticated ones we have today are what emptied out those hospitals. Because itís a chemical imbalance, and stabilizing that imbalance permits them to be human beings again and not hypnotized.


Building 15 with 93 in the background


The dorms were to the right and on the left in the back were the bathrooms and clothing rooms


These privacy walls divided the large room into smaller sections that would sleep up to four patients


You couldnít pack 85 people together, space was very very critical. I remember incidents would occur even if you just stepped in a guys space, thatís how precocious it was, And to be 24 hours a day 7 days a week with the same people, people mumbling, talking bizarrely, shouting, singing,. So it was not a setting that was treatment concussive because whatever headway you made in therapy was destroyed when you returned them back to the ward.


Each patient usually had a bed, 3 draw dresser and sometimes a small set of shelves


Looking down the left wing front room


The dorms were in the wings and the center was the day rooms and main entrance and stairways


Inside wall of left wing


In front were the long narrow porches and the day rooms were in the rear


This was the main entrance with lobbies and Doctor's offices
The basement of this section used for a linen and clothing supply area


Photograph - Kings Park Heritage Museum
Theresa Ryan - foreground. John Erdos, MD background c.1971
In the background can be seen the small window to the lobby


A small office that led to the Doctor's office on the left.


Across the hall can be seen another of the offices


A small lobby with a window to the office
The signs are for Poison Control and the Burn Hotline


Photograph - Long Island Oddities
1970's


The main entrance

The criminally insane were housed in ward 65. I remember seeing them now and then going to clinics, etc. Their heads were shaven each day to stand out from the other patients. When they went to clinic, they were chained together in straight jackets and the entire ward was sent out. The advantage to that was they could not escape. There were about 5 -7 male patients on ward 65.
                                                                                                                         - Gill Harris


This had been a Civil Defense storage room at one point and York Hall was a Fall Out Shelter

 


I believe these may be food containers brought over from the warehouse


The dormitories were to the left and the two windows were the showers and clothing room


Basement room


This had been used as one of two therapy rooms in this corner of the basement


Rear corner stairwell doorway


KEEP DOOR LOCKED AT ALL TIMES


This room next to the entrance was Dust Closet


This is where they stored the mops, buckets and brooms for the dinning room and service area


Another entrance


This may be some of the plumbing for the dishwashing room


This was the dishwashing room


The Dinning Room was in the basement the three main floors had large day rooms with porches in front


Looking across the dinning room from the service area
The doorway on the left leads to the dishwashing room and the dust closet on the right was the bathroom


All food was prepared at the kitchen in building 93 and delivered by truck


The carts would be wheeled in with and the hot trays placed in the preheated steam tables


Prior to building 93 being built the patients here were brought to the Group I dinning room


Staff entrance to the kitchen office


This was the office for the dinning room
There is a calendar on the wall from April 1995 with the 12th circled over and over
There is also a cross made of palms for Easter tacked on the board


Left side delivery entrance


Elevator Room


Right side entrance room. KEEP DOOR LOCKED AT ALL TIMES
In order to tell the criminally insane patients from the others they always had to have their heads shaved
Their was a barber shop in this corner of the basement


Back of laundry area


Laundry room with Bio Hazard bin and bags
Trucks would pickup and drop off clothing and linens from the laundry house regulary


SOILED LINEN HOLDING AREA
Soiled linen was put in hazard bags and away from the rest of the linens and sterilized at the lundry


This had been a Recreation Room for the patients. The doorway on the left lead to the Movie Room


The doorway lead to the classroom, bathroom, and therapy room


This was the classroom


In the middle were the elevators then the day rooms and nurses station, staff lockers and bathroom


Photograph - Kings Park Heritage Museum
Dr. John Erdos (dark suite center) and other Doctors speaking with patients in one of the day rooms
c.1968


This was the doorway to the rear parking lot area


The sign used to read KEEP DOOR LOCKED AT ALL TIMES
That is the men's and patients bathroom across the hall


EMERGENCY PHONE


The second windows were the seclusion rooms and to the right were the showers and clothing rooms


This was the therapy room


The second floor dorm on this wing had its own treatment room inside the dorm room

The second floor of 15, as I recall, was a heavily secured unit for patients considered "criminally insane." The worst of the worst were eventually transferred to a very secure unit somewhere upstate.

I remember that a patient there slashed or stabbed some people in the parking lot of 15 in the late 1960s or very early 1970s.

                                                                                                                                     - Barry


This room was used for storge




Patient Dormitory

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