Description of the Clinical Facilities and The Center for Clinical Translational Services
The Rockefeller University Hospital has been devoted solely to patient-oriented research since its founding in 1910. From 1963 until 2006, the Hospital was partially supported by the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) Program of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The GCRC program supports a national network of centers that provide the clinical research infrastructure for investigators receiving primary research support from the NIH. In September 2006, the University was awarded a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH National Center for Research Resources. The award, the successor to the GCRC Program, led to the establishment of the Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and provided additional resources to complement those coming from the University for the support of the University's human subjects research.
Rockefeller University Hospital exists solely to conduct clinical research. The specialized personnel and other resources available at the Hospital facilitate clinical research for both the investigator and the research participant.
The Hospital's facilities include a 20 bed inpatient unit which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All patient rooms are single-occupancy, private accommodations. Specialized facilities include a four-room procedure suite, suitable for endoscopy and biopsy procedures; 2 hardwired cardiac monitored beds and 2 telemetry cardiac monitoring units; and a broad-band/narrow-band ultraviolet light box for psoriasis treatment.
The Robert & Harriet Heilbrunn Outpatient Research Center opened in January 2003 and includes 9 exam rooms, 2 consultation rooms, and 2 phlebotomy rooms, as well as other patient and staff facilities. The Outpatient Research Center is open weekdays from 7AM to 5PM.
A new, state-of-the-art digital radiology suite opened in Spring 2003.
The Rockefeller University Hospital and Center for Clinical and Translational Science is particularly suitable to conducting studies involving moderate and low acuity patients, as well as high-intensity, high-complexity protocols such as pharmacokinetics and metabolic studies. The Hospital's strengths include a specialized Research Bionutrition Department, an on-site Research Pharmacy, and facilities to support long-stay inpatient studies, including an Art & Recreation Department, which offers participants pleasant and rewarding craft, video and computer activities in a safe and comfortable environment.
Full clinical laboratory services are provided via contract with Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Radiology and EKG interpretations are provided by arrangement with New York-Presbyterian Hospital; on-site apheresis services are provided by contract.
The Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and licensed by the State of New York.