Nursing Tour inside Ellis Island’s Abandoned Hospital

Nursing Tour inside Ellis Island's Abandoned Hospital

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the history of the over 100-year-old contagious disease hospital, which has been abandoned since 1954.
  • Gain insights into the medical history of Ellis Island and the crucial role played by nurses in the care of immigrants
  • Learn how Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, influenced the construction of the hospital to limit the spread of diseases and reduce mortality rates
  • See what life was like in the hospital as you explore the laundry building, contagious disease wards, autopsy rooms, staff house and more
  • Gain insights into the medical history of Ellis Island and the crucial role played by nurses in the care of immigrantsTour the abandoned hospital buildings, witnessing the challenges faced by both patients and medical staff
  • See parts of the exhibition “Unframed” by the world-renowned artist JR, who has placed life-sized historic photographs of Ellis Island immigrants on walls of the hospital buildings.

Guests Love This Tour!

“Very interesting and made me proud to be a nurse!”

“It is a fascinating part of American history, and history of medicine. Ellis Island was at the forefront of medical practices at that time and even though the sterilization, ventilation and quarantining practices were crude compare to our standards, they worked with just a 2% death rate. Without the Ellis Island tours we would forget how so many people became American immigrants.”

It gives insight into medicine’s past, and shows how one segment of public health developed. It dispels the myth that immigrants were treated poorly medically when they got to Ellis Island. In fact, they were given every opportunity to be allowed into the country. I am a dentist, but this would be interesting for all medical professionals.”

“I learned so much about the history of Ellis Island and the medical staff.”

About This Tour:

This is an exclusive nursing tour offered in partnership with Save Ellis Island and dedicated to better understanding the health care of immigrants. This is a truly unique opportunity for anyone working in or interested in the medical field.

Immerse yourself in a unique experience as we explore the historic grounds of Ellis Island, where countless immigrants began their journey to a new life in America. This tour focuses on the critical role of the healthcare professionals. You will connect with the rich history and stories that echo through the wards of the iconic Ellis Island hospital complex..

This exclusive tour is led by one of Save Ellis Island’s veteran guides, Denise Giachetta- Ryan. Denise is a former CUNY professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing. She has also served as Assistant Vice President of Perioperative Services at two New York City hospitals.


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