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History

In the early 1900s, NYC Health + Hospitals/Sea View was used as a sanitarium to treat those suffering from the most deadly disease at the time – tuberculosis. In the 1950s, Sea View’s own Dr. Edward Robitzek and his clinical team developed the drug that would ultimately cure the disease.

Sea View began caring for the aged and the vulnerable in the 1970s and eventually evolved into the comprehensive rehabilitation therapy and long-term skilled nursing care facility that it is today. Sea View’s architectural and historic significance have earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places list.

Sea View’s campus is home to the Stiversa Bethel Healthcare Museum, the only institution of its kind in the state. Visitors can learn about Sea View’s role in developing a cure for tuberculosis and see many medical artifacts that date back to the turn of the twentieth century.