National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (Bethesda, Md.). The NIH Clinical Center opened its doors to its first patients in 1953.As a research facility, only patients with the precise type or stage of illness under investigation are admitted for treatment, and the 240-bed hospital does not specialize in services common for most community hospitals. That said, in 2015, NIH Clinical Center still recorded more than 5,400 inpatient admissions in 2015 and treated more than 10,700 patients that year.


The story of NIH Clinical Center is rife with medical firsts. It was first to use chemotherapy to treat a solid tumor in 1956 and develop a diagnostic test for AIDS in 1985. More recently, the hospital was at the forefront of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the subsequent isolated cases in the U.S. The hospital successfully treated several Americans who contracted the disease, including Texas nurse Nina Pham.


More than 1,200 physicians, dentists and PhD researchers, as well as 620 nurses, work out of the Clinical Center. As a research facility, the Clinical Center has more than 1,600 laboratories conducing basic and clinical research.

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