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University Hospital of Brooklyn at

Long Island College Hospital

About University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital

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University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital is a 506-bed, teaching hospital located in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill neighborhood.

Founded in 1858 as a medical school as well as a hospital, Long Island College Hospital has made exceptional contributions to U.S. medicine.

In 1860, it became the first U.S. medical school to make bedside teaching a standard part of its medical curriculum, establishing an approach that was subsequently adopted throughout the country. Medical achievements of early LICH faculty include introduction of the stethoscope and early use of anesthesia.

In 1930, the Long Island College of Medicine was incorporated as a separate medical school, with LICH as its hospital affiliate, and the College of Medicine became part of SUNY in 1954.

Today, Long Island College Hospital prides itself on combining the best features of a major medical center with the personal, caring approach of a community-centered hospital.

View a complete timeline of the founding of Long Island College Hospital and its shared history with SUNY Downstate Medical Center.