Bellevue

MAX: So possibly I’m crazier than you are.
LORELAI: Again, very possible.
MAX: A match made in heaven.
LORELAI: Or in Bellevue.

Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan was founded in 1736 and is the oldest public hospital in the US. Its psychiatric hospital opened in 1931, and became a byword for medical neglect and maltreatment of recovering alcoholics and the mentally ill. The name “Bellevue” soon became applied to any psychiatric facility.

The old psychiatric hospital closed in 1984, and part of it is used as a homeless shelter. The new psychiatric unit at Bellevue Hospital is now regarded as one of the best in the country.

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