Do you think Bellevue will continue to retain its meaning to New York in the years ahead?
Oshinsky: I think Bellevue is so deeply embedded in the city's consciousness as we open the safety net that it will never go away. Bellevue will always be here, and we'll have doctors who believe in Bellevue's mission, and they will always be here. I don't think Bellevue has to worry.
Whether less-well-known public hospitals that don't function as well as Bellevue will die away is another story. I desperately hope not, but I can't answer that. People see Bellevue, there's something in our popular culture as New Yorkers that sees Bellevue as an absolutely essential place, and that I don't think is going away.
I have an office here, I see Bellevue every day. I see all kinds of different languages being spoken, and New York is the ultimate melting pot, and I'm proud to be a part of it. You come into the lobby for 15 minutes and you'll see what Bellevue means to New York City, and you'll see that it's a part of New York City.