NYU Lan­gone re­sumes some ser­vices af­ter Sandy, and other news

NYU Lan­gone re­sumes some ser­vices, ER still closed

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - Beth Kutscher

NYU Lan­gone Med­i­cal Cen­ter, the badly bat­tered 806-bed fa­cil­ity that was shut­tered by su­per­storm Sandy, re­sumed many of its op­er­a­tions Dec. 27, but its emer­gency room will re­main closed and will con­tinue rout­ing pa­tients to other fa­cil­i­ties.

The hospi­tal, which was forced to evac­u­ate about 300 pa­tients down sev­eral flights of stairs when its backup gen­er­a­tor failed, has re­opened sev­eral de­part­ments and plans to re­sume nearly all ser­vices by mid-Jan­uary.

How­ever, the med­i­cal cen­ter’s emer­gency de­part­ment will re­main shut­tered and will be re­placed with an ur­gent-care cen­ter. It will be staffed with emer­gency medicine physi­cians who will han­dle mi­nor com­plaints, ad­mit pa­tients with more se­ri­ous con­di­tions or send pa­tients who need ad­di­tional ER ser­vices to other fa­cil­i­ties by am­bu­lance. The emer­gency de­part­ment was un­der­go­ing the ini­tial phases of an ex­pan­sion and ren­o­va­tion when the storm hit in Oc­to­ber.

Ser­vices re­opened at the cen­ter’s flag­ship Tisch Hospi­tal and Schwartz Health Care Cen­ter in­clude in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient surgery, med­i­cal and sur­gi­cal in­ten­sive care, elec­tro­phys­i­ol­ogy, in­ter­ven­tional ra­di­ol­ogy, neu­ro­surgery, pe­di­atric am­bu­la­tory surgery, non­in­va­sive car­di­ol­ogy, car­dio­vas­cu­lar surgery and car­dio­vas­cu­lar catheter­i­za­tion pro­ce­dures. An­cil­lary ser­vices in­clud­ing ra­di­ol­ogy, dial­y­sis, phar­macy, pathol­ogy, mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy and res­pi­ra­tory ther­apy and the cen­ter’s blood bank are also avail­able.

The Hospi­tal for Joint Dis­eases, Cen­ter for Mus­cu­loskele­tal Care, Clin­i­cal Can­cer Cen­ter and physi­cian of­fices on the main cam­pus are also op­er­at­ing.

The hospi­tal ex­pects on Jan. 14 to re­open ad­di­tional ser­vices, in­clud­ing epilepsy care, ob­ser­va­tion care, he­ma­tol­ogy/on­col­ogy, pe­di­atrics and pe­di­atric in­ten­sive care, in­ter­nal medicine, and its mother/baby unit and neona­tal in­ten­sive-care unit.

Belle­vue Hospi­tal Cen­ter, a 828-bed pub­lic hospi­tal that also serves as a teach­ing site for New York Univer­sity’s School of Medicine, started re­ceiv­ing am­bu­lances again on Dec. 24.

Like NYU Lan­gone, the fa­cil­ity is along the East River and lost power af­ter its base­ment flooded.

Yet Belle­vue is ac­cept­ing only pa­tients with non­crit­i­cal and non­trau­matic in­juries and is not op­er­at­ing as a Level I trauma cen­ter. Like NYU Lan­gone, it plans to trans­fer pa­tients via am­bu­lance to other fa­cil­i­ties when nec­es­sary.

Belle­vue has been op­er­at­ing out­pa­tient clin­ics since Nov. 19 and has con­tin­ued to add spe­cialty clin­ics and other ser­vices such as ra­di­ol­ogy, nu­clear medicine and mam­mog­ra­phy.

“We have over­come many chal­lenges over the last two months,” NYU Lan­gone Dean and CEO Dr. Robert Gross­man, left, said at a news con­fer­ence on Dec. 27 re­gard­ing the dam­age sus­tained from su­per­storm Sandy. He stands next to hospi­tal Chair­man Ken­neth Lan­gone, cen­ter, and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). The hospi­tal plans a re­turn of nearly all ser­vices by the end of Jan­uary.

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