Health and Wellness
HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN NEW YORK CITY
New York City (NYC) is home to some of the finest hospitals in the country and the world. Staffed by talented, recognized physicians and providers, these full-service hospitals comprise many university-affiliated teaching institutions as well as first-rate specialty health-care facilities. Residents of all ages, from newborns to older adults, have access to a suite of comprehensive services and treatments. In addition, many facilities are newly built or renovated, ensuring the most modern and state-of-the-art equipment is utilized. Learn more in this section about specific hospitals and facilities available in the region along with how to find medical providers and dental hygienists.

Out of the 184 hospitals located within the NYC metropolitan area (including Long Island, Westchester County and northern New Jersey), 66 facilities met the U.S. News & World Report’s criteria to be honored as the top-ranking health-care institutions of 2010–11. Hospitals were evaluated based in areas, such as specialties, death rates, procedure volume, ratio of nurses to patients and reputation.

NYC was one of the few metro areas that displayed a considerably large percentage of regional hospitals in the ranking. In addition, the Big Apple outshined the majority of other big cities with 14 facilities accredited in the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals. NYC’s Top 5 (in order of rank) include New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York University Langone Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Hospital of Special Surgery.

If you are looking for a specialist, NYC is the place to go. Residents don’t have to travel far to find a facility recognized for what they need. Many area hospitals have a number of specialties either nationally ranked or honored as high performing. Treatment plans are cutting-edge, thanks to advancement in a variety of fields coming out of the area. People travel from all over the world to receive treatment from NYC’s prestigious array of hospitals.

MAJOR HEALTHCARE INITATIVE
The NYC Health Department and the Department of Parks & Recreation kicked off “Make NYC Your Gym,” a campaign to get New Yorkers moving by highlighting the vast array of fitness opportunities outside their doorsteps. To coincide with the weeklong initiative, the city has transformed its BeFitNYC fitness search engine—available through www.nyc.gov—to be a one-stop shop for finding free or low-cost fitness activities throughout the city. For the first time, through integration of BeFitNYC with a Facebook app, residents can create their own events and either invite friends or open it up to others.

NEW YORK CITY FULL-SERVICE AND SPECIALTY HOSPITALS
Located throughout the region, residents will find nationally ranked facilities of all sizes offering a complete range of medical services. A majority of these borough hospitals are also home to a number of specialties. Residents living in NYC suburbs may consider searching for additional area hospitals nearer to their new neighborhood. The facility descriptions below will help familiarize you with the city’s top selection of hospitals.

Bellevue Hospital Center
Established in 1736, Bellevue Hospital Center is America’s oldest public hospital. Originally an almshouse for the poor, Bellevue supported six 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 NYC’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, NYC awarded Bellevue $16 million for 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.

462 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 562-1000
www.nyc.gov/bellevue/

Beth Israel Medical Center
Beth Israel Medical Center, one of NYC’s premier hospitals, is excited to be at the forefront of medicine with the latest technology and innovations. Its growth in the last two years has been unprecedented, and it continues to grow. The renovations of its Emergency Department and many inpatient units are focused on providing a better patient experience. Some highlights include the opening of The Friedman Diabetes Institute, which focuses on the lifestyle of the diabetic patient to ensure lasting medical success; the increase in the number of accessible interpreters and special navigator programs to ease cultural barriers for our Jewish, Chinese and Russian patients; and the opening of The Chris and Morton P. Hyman Patient Care Unit, which features amenities similar to five-star hotels.

1st Avenue at 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 420-2000
www.wehealny.org/patients/bi_home/bi_index.html

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
 
Chapters
The New York Metropolitan Area, formally known as ...
BEFORE YOU START LOOKING Before you begin looking at ...
One of the highest priorities for relocating families ...
YOUR GUIDE TO FINANCING A HOME As a newcomer ...
HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN NEW YORK CITY New York ...
In this chapter, you’ll find information on different ...
It’s been a hectic week as you learned ...
New York City (NYC) is the most populous ...
STAYING ORGANIZED BEFORE THE MOVE You’ve just received exciting ...
Buying a House and Making it a Home While ...
ALTERNATIVES TO BUYING A HOME If you’re relocating to ...
Your spouse has just been offered a promotion ...
VERTICAL LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY As the most ...