Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - — Me­lanie Evans

NEW YORK— Belle­vue Hospi­tal Cen­ter in New York an­nounced it has started to ad­mit pa­tients again af­ter dam­age from su­per­storm Sandy in Oc­to­ber forced the hospi­tal to evac­u­ate more than 700 pa­tients and close. The hospi­tal is one of two owned by New York City Health and Hos­pi­tals Corp. that suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age from the storm, which caused coastal flood­ing and wide­spread power out­ages as the storm reached land on Oct. 29. Health and Hospi­tal Corp.’s Coney Is­land Hospi­tal, also closed by flood­ing, be­gan to ad­mit pa­tients in mid-Jan­uary. The sys­tem said last month that costs from the storm would to­tal $810 mil­lion, in­clud­ing $180 mil­lion in lost rev­enue. Belle­vue is fully open, the sys­tem an­nounced, while Coney Is­land has yet to fully open all in­pa­tient beds and can­not yet ac­cept am­bu­lances in its emer­gency room. Belle­vue Hospi­tal, which is a Level 1 trauma cen­ter, and Coney Is­land were not the only New York state hos­pi­tals closed for weeks by the storm. NYU Lan­gone Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s Tisch Hospi­tal, which evac­u­ated

dur­ing the storm, opened to ad­mis­sions at the end of 2012. The VA New York Har­bor Health Care Sys­tem re­mains closed to ad­mis­sions, as does Long Beach (N.Y.) Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

New York’s Belle­vue Hospi­tal Cen­ter has started to ad­mit pa­tients again.

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