Partners & History

NYU Langone Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated, academic medical center, is one of the nation's premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of four hospitals – Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; Rusk Rehabilitation; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, one of only five hospitals in the nation dedicated to orthopaedics and rheumatology; and Hassenfeld Pediatric Center, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children's health services across the medical center – plus the NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. The medical center's tri-fold mission to serve, teach and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education and research. 

The City University of New York

The City University of New York is the nation’s largest, urban public university serving more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 247,000 adult, continuing and professional education students at 24 campuses across New York City.

The University is an integrated system of senior and community colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centers, institutes and consortia. From certificate courses to Ph.D. programs, CUNY offers postsecondary learning to students of all backgrounds. It provides the city with graduates trained for high-demand positions in the sciences, technology, mathematics, teaching, nursing and other fields. As CUNY has grown, the University also has strengthened its mission as a premier research institution, building an array of modern facilities and expanding the ranks of its world-class faculty.


Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the City University of New York”s (CUNY) Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) received $20.8 million to create an emergency preparedness training center.

In 2007, the newly appointed Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Robert I. Grossman, commissioned a committee to address the needs for a simulation facility for the medical center. Dr. Thomas S. Riles chaired the committee, which included faculty members from the NYU School of Medicine, Tisch Hospital administrators and representatives from the NYU Schools of Nursing and Dentistry.

In 2008, a meeting between CUNY and NYU Langone Medical Center representatives lead to the partnership and plans to construct the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM).

An agreement was reached to use the $20.8 million from CUNY for construction and equipment of the Center. NYU Langone Medical Center agreed to match the amount in operational costs. Faculties and administrators from both institutions participated in the planning and design of the Center.

In 2010, Construction of the Center in the 3rd floor of Bellevue Hospital commenced.

NYSIM officially opened its doors on September 6, 2011. The opening was 10 years after the event that lead to the initial funding of the center.

50,000 learners reached at NYSIM