Dr. Eric Manheimer trained at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, stitching up the arms of looters whose skin had been slashed while stealing TV sets through the broken glass of shattered storefronts in the infamous 1977 blackout.
Forty years later, two floors of that hospital are being used to film scenes from “New Amsterdam,” the NBC medical drama about the unorthodox medical supervisor of a New York hospital patterned on Bellevue where Manheimer, 69, ruled supreme from 1997 to 2012.
“We had lots of weird TB, all kinds of oddball HIV,” Manheimer says. “We were the disaster capital for other things, too. Obviously, 9/11. But if there were shootings or other things that went off in the city that caused problems, Bellevue was the place.”
Manheimer chronicled his experiences at Bellevue in the 2012 book “Twelve Patients.” “New Amsterdam” imbues his crusading spirit into the fictitious character of Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold), who gets the top job at the hospital and shakes things up — putting an emphasis on the hospital’s patients.
Manheimer says that he, too, was “pretty radical” when he joined Bellevue. “I knew the system very well because I’d been at Kings and all the people I’d trained with were running different places around the city,” he says. “NYU Bellevue had their own culture. I knew I would take a beating.”