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NEW YORK MEDICAL COLLEGE is a private, not-for-profit medical university. It consists of a medical school and two graduate schools in Valhalla, New York, in suburban Westchester County, which is located within 20 miles of New York City. The Medical College is the third largest private medical university in the United States with 760 medical students and 565 graduate students taught by a faculty of nearly 2,500, with more then 1,000-full time members. The school is an alma mater to more than 10,000 alumni actively engaged in medical practice, teaching, research and healthcare throughout the nation and abroad.

New York Medical College is the only academic biomedical research institution between New York City and Albany, with $41 million in research, training and other grants. New York Medical College is a major research center in immunology, molecular genetics and prostaglandins, addressing diseases such as cancer, heart and kidney ailments, and critical issues such as trauma and substance abuse prevention. The institution is home to the Medical Sciences Library which contains 149,000 volumes and 2,000 journal titles, including the collection of the Westchester Academy of Medicine.

The Medical College is rich in tradition, beginning with its establishment in 1860 by a group of civic leaders, including poet and abolitionist William Cullen Bryant. Based in New York City for 108 years, the College marked a milestone in its history when, in 1968, it accepted a invitation from Westchester County to develop a campus in Valhalla and to join in creating the current an academic medical center—Westchester Medical Center.

WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER, an academic affiliate of New York Medical College, is the only academic medical center and tertiary care referral center in the Hudson Valley region, immediately north of New York City.

Westchester Medical Center has recently changed its organizational structure, becoming a public benefit corporation and growing to take its place among the preeminent academic medical centers in the nation. Today, the institution is the tertiary care Regional Level I Trauma Center serving a region of more than 3.6 million people.

Westchester Medical Center has an active medical staff totaling 1,140. There are a total of 637 active acute-care teaching beds with an average daily occupancy of over 90 percent. Annual admissions are 20,800, annual non-operating room outpatient visits total approximately 130,000 and annual emergency room visits are 27,000. The highly trained medical and professional staff spans 48 separate medical and surgical departments and divisions, representing virtually all the medical specialties available.

Situated on more than 100 acres, Westchester Medical Center’s extraordinary specialty services make it the referral hospital of choice for many physicians and patients in the region. Home to a thriving Liver Transplant Program, and the leading and largest Kidney Transplant program in New York State, as well as, one of the most highly regarded cardiology and cardiac surgery programs on the East Coast, Westchester Medical Center also boasts a hospital-based medivac helicopter service, STAT Flight, responding in minutes to accident scenes carrying critical inter-hospital patient transfers throughout the 5,000-square-mile region.

As one of only 12 academic medical centers in the State of New York, in addition to its comprehensive specialized care services, cutting-edge care is provided through Centers of Excellence. Established to create a seamless continuum of care for patients at every level, the Heart Center, Trauma and Burn Center, Children’s Hospital, Transplant, Cancer and Neuroscience centers offer children and adults from around the region and beyond care from some of the finest specialists in the world. Because of the strong partnerships forged with the community hospitals in the region, with managed care companies, local doctors and with patients, Westchester Medical Center has become a major healthcare resource in the tri-state area.

 


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