HThe New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system with its own 400,000-member health plan, MetroPlus. As the nation’s largest municipal healthcare organization, HHC serves 1.3 million New Yorkers every year, and more than 475,000 of them are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health, and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, all of which are Designated AIDS Centers; four skilled nursing facilities; six large diagnostic and treatment centers; and more than 70 community-based clinics. HHC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services to persons living in New York.
From the start of the AIDS epidemic 30 years ago, HHC has been a leader in HIV/AIDS treatment and care. In 1981, before HIV or AIDS had been identified, Bellevue Hospital reported one of the first of the three cases of unexplained immunodeficiency in the United States. By the mid-1980s, HHC hospitals were seeing growing numbers of patients with AIDS and started developing treatment plans and services, including
The first hospital-based HIV nutrition program in the country, which opened at Bellevue Hospital.
The first long-term care beds in the United States for people living with AIDS at Coler Memorial Hospital.
Kroc Day Care Center for Children with HIV at Jacobi Medical Center.
HHC has also participated in important research over the years, such as studies of HIV infection in women at HHC’s Kings County Hospital in 1986, which led to the development of the country’s first guidelines for care of HIV-infected women.