Bellevue Hospital was opened in 1736 by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, regarded as the crown jewel of 17 hospitals in the five boroughs of New York City. Bellevue Hospital, a modern 25-story hospital, accommodates a total of 1,232 patient beds in one-bed, two-bed, and four-bed rooms all on the periphery of the building with dramatic views of the New York City skyline and the East River.
The School of Medicine supervises all care and treatment for about 26,000 inpatients, more than 370,000 outpatients, and approximately 100,000 emergency room visits a year. Bellevue Hospital accepts all patients, regardless of their ability to pay and regardless of the urgency of their medical needs: Patient care at Bellevue Hospital is resident-directed, with residents managing the care of their patients with the continuous assistance of various supervising attendings. All of the Ophthalmology clinics and surgeries are performed by residents of the program with attending supervision, affording them training in leading and directing patient care.