Founded in 1736, Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City is one of the oldest public hospitals in America. With beds to accommodate nearly 800 inpatients, the hospital is well known for its psychiatric facilities and as a triage center during disasters. It has opened a new ambulatory care building dedicated to serving more than 300,000 outpatients a year as well as burn units for both pediatric and adult patients. The hospital serves as a primary referral center for cardiac catheterization, catheter-based treatment of heart rhythm disorders, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, physical rehabilitation, and Hansen's disease (leprosy). 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. Musical performances have been highly successful at Bellevue Hospital’s Rehabilitation Medicine Unit, Isolation and Quarantine Unit, and Oncology Unit. nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/facilities/bellevue.shtml
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