George Washington was only four years old in 1736 when Bellevue, America's oldest public hospital, was founded. Then an almshouse for the poor, Bellevue supported 6 beds; today, the hospital accommodates nearly 800. While the sheer number of patients Bellevue treats each year is staggering, the quality and breadth of its services, as well as its distinguished staff, are widely recognized.
Following New York City's tragedy on 9/11, Bellevue Hospital Center was one of the City's busiest medical havens, treating victims who survived and identifying those who did not. Its participation in the aftermath continues. Recently, New York City awarded Bellevue $16 million over the next five years to develop the World Trade Center Treatment Center. The program will provide free health evaluation and medical and mental health treatment to those exposed to dust or fumes, including those without health insurance or those who do not qualify for other programs.
Bellevue has long been a pioneer in identifying and categorizing mental illness, in training psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses and in formulating effective treatment options combining science and psychosocial support that allow even seriously ill patients to return to more normal lives. Bellevue's efficient and state-of-the-art Emergency Room and Level I Trauma Center deliver complete around-the-clock care in adult, pediatric and psychiatric emergencies as well as in the nationally-designated categories of cardiac, neurological, toxicologic and neonatal emergencies. The hospital has one of the top cardiovascular programs in the State.
Bellevue has defined the standard of practice for microsurgical replantation of hands, fingers and limbs as well as brain and spinal cord injuries. Its Geriatric Ambulatory Care Program is among the largest in the nation, caring for more than 5,000 seniors annually. The Perinatal Diagnostic Center provides the latest medical technology, and the high-risk obstetrical clinics assure mothers and babies comprehensive primary, obstetrical and gynecological care. Obstetrical services include midwifery-based birthing for low-risk mothers to a high-risk obstetrical area equipped to handle extremely complicated cases. Bellevue's Pediatric Resource Center is one of only five in New York City, and delivers several family-oriented services.
In addition to providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient state-of-the-art care, Bellevue is a medical specialty referral source city-wide.
Bellevue has been the recipient of numerous awards for highest levels of patient care services. The hospital has been rated #1 three consecutive years for Psychiatry by U.S. News and World Report. It was also rated #1 for Emergency Medicine and #3 for Neurology/Neurosurgery by New York Magazine in 2006. One of its nursing units was named best in the country by the Nurses' Association, a first for a public hospital.
Bellevue, an affiliate of New York University School of Medicine, serves as the medical facility for dignitaries visiting New York City, including the President of the U.S. and diplomats from the United Nations.
Learn about some of Bellevue Hospital Center's specialty services: AIDS Center; Regional Perinatal Center; SAFE (SART) Center; Child and Teen Health Services; Stroke Center; Regional Trauma Center.