In volume and variety, in urgency and complexity, Bellevue Hospital Center offers a rich array of medical and human challenges. The result is a uniquely rewarding clinical setting for the training of medical students, interns, and residents.
As the core of NYU’s teaching program, Bellevue is the primary location of clinical instruction for NYU medical students and house staff, and is also a significant hub of research. NYU students receive much of their third-year clinical clerkship education at Bellevue, and many fourth-year students complete subinternships and participate in clinical electives there. Bellevue’s Emergency Department-the only Level-I Trauma Center below 68th street in New York City-is an internationally recognized model for emergency medicine development, and it serves as a training ground for NYU resident physicians in emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and psychiatry. The facility receives emergency patients from the busy midtown area, Madison Square Garden, the Pennsylvania and Grand Central railroad stations, Wall Street, and the United Nations complex.
America’s oldest public hospital, Bellevue opened in 1736. It soon became home to the nation’s first maternity ward, hospital-based ambulance service, emergency pavilion, and outpatient department. In 1873, the nation’s first school of nursing was established there. In 1968, the School of Medicine assumed full responsibility for clinical services at Bellevue.
Today, the hospital occupies a 25-story patient care facility, New Bellevue Hospital, located directly behind the old complex of buildings. The hospital has an attending physician staff of 1,200 and a house staff of more than 500 residents and interns.
As the flagship facility of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, Bellevue handles nearly 500,000 outpatient clinic visits, 145,000 emergency patients, and some 26,000 inpatients each year. It provides ambulatory care for 300,000 patient visits in more than 90 adult and pediatric ambulatory care clinics, and its Geriatric Ambulatory Care Program is the largest in the nation, caring for more than 5,000 seniors every year. More than 80 percent of Bellevue’s patients come from the city’s medically underserved populations. No one in need is ever turned away from Bellevue.
Bellevue’s innovations include a microsurgery center, a regional center for brain and spinal cord injuries, and comprehensive pediatric services. Bellevue also boasts the nation’s largest array of behavioral health programs, and its psychiatric services are world-renowned.