Men and women in white have always been part of the work force at Ellis Hospital. By 1948, doctors and nurses were helping 15,000 patients a year in the 400-bed facility on Nott Street. They delivered about 2,000 babies and performed 6,000 operations. They checked blood pressures and temperatures; they offered words of comfort and kindness to their guests. Ellis was the fifth-largest hospital in the state of New York — outside the metropolitan area — in 1948.