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Aerial view of the clinical center

Soothing fountain in the center of the lobby

Admission desk and lobby

View of the lobby looking down from the fifth floor

Coffee shop near central lobby.

Decorative area in the center of the lobby

Welcome to the NHLBI at the Clinical Center

Patient Information

The researchers and staff of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Clinical Center welcome you.

We hope that you will find your stay at the Clinical Center a rewarding experience as you become a partner in our efforts to learn the causes of disease, treat illness and sustain health.

We know many of you are already stressed by the circumstances which bring you here and by the inconvenience of travel and leaving your home environment. Our complimentary valet parking is just one of the special services we offer to make your arrivals and departures smooth and effortless. A floorplan map of the new Clinical Center is also available on the web and as you enter the hospital. Our nursing care is unsurpassed and the low nurse-to-patient ratio assures you of top quality care and individual attention. We have state of the art equipment for testing and care of patients.

We'd like to introduce you to the NIH Bethesda Campus and our surrounding area and the pleasant surroundings we strive to bring to you. Be sure to look at the photos of the Clinical Center and the NIH campus, especially the relaxing garden photos, to familiarize yourself with our facilities and the beauty of our campus. This site will introduce you to the Clinical Center grounds, conveniences, and amenities, as well as the surrounding Washington area where you can enjoy a wealth of activities, good food, entertainment, culture, music, and relaxation.

Our Recreation Therapy (see further information in the Patient Handbook) can arrange complimentary bus tours and tickets to ongoing events and they work to tailor activities to individual preferences. For those who cannot leave the hospital during their stay, our Recreation Therapy Department provides in-hospital activities and entertainment. We are constantly trying to improve the Clinical Center to accommodate the needs of our patients and take the stress out of travel, parking, being away from home and staying at a large facility. We welcome your feedback and suggestions to improve these pages for our future guests at the Clinical Center.

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