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Bellevue Hospital Center

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Bellevue Hospital Center is the oldest public hospital in the United States.  Founded in 1736 and now the flagship facility of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, Bellevue is open to patients of all backgrounds, irrespective of ability to pay.  The hospital handles nearly 500,000 outpatient clinic visits, 100,000 emergency patients, and some 26,000 inpatients each year.  It has been the site of countless milestones in the history of medicine -- from the first ambulance service and the first maternity ward, to the development of the Polio vaccine, to the Nobel Prize winning work of Cournand and Richards in developing the world's first cardiopulmonary catheterization laboratory.  The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Bellevue is a primary referral center for the New York public hospital system.  PM&R facilities include a large general rehabilitation inpatient wards, a specialized Traumatic Brain Injury Unit, an active outpatient electromyography laboratory, and expansive therapy spaces.  Specialized clinics include Traumatic Brain Injury, Orthopedic Rehab, Orthotics and Prosthetics.  Residents at Bellevue perform consults to the Medicine, Neurology, and Surgical Services, and PM&R Department cares for a large number of patients that are brought to Bellevue because of its status as a Level I Trauma Center

Facilities:
Inpatient Beds: 46
Outpatient Clinics: Yes

Rehabilitation Areas:
Musculoskeletal Medicine
Stroke/ Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Amputation
Neurodegenerative disorders
Electromyography
Acupuncture