The Mount Sinai Medical Center Accepts 64 Patients Evacuated from NYU Langone Medical Center and is Preparing to Take Others

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Emergency Command Center Activated as of Sunday, October 28, to Ensure Safety of Patients, Employees, and Surrounding Community During Hurricane Sandy and its Aftermath

Last night as Hurricane Sandy battered New York City and the surrounding area with severe winds and rain, The Mount Sinai Medical Center in East Harlem coordinated with NYU Langone Medical Center to accept 64 of NYU’s evacuated patients in the areas of adult critical care, pediatric critical care, neonatal intensive care, obstetrics, pediatric cardiology, rehab medicine, and transplant. The patients were transported by ambulance.

Mount Sinai also took in one patient who was evacuated from Bellevue Hospital Center. In addition the hospital is coordinating to receive patients from Coney Island Hospital, which is located along Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn.

Throughout the storm Mount Sinai has been fully staffed, and employees have been willing and able to successfully care for all patients. In addition, the institution’s Emergency Department has remained open and available to patients.

“We took every precaution necessary to ensure operations ran smoothly, and we were able to deliver quality care to the sickest patients during this emergency,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO, The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “The response to this point is a true testament to the hard-working members of the Mount Sinai community, and thanks to them, the organization will endure as the hard work continues, especially in our patient care areas.”

Wayne Keathley, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mount Sinai Hospital, said, “The Mount Sinai team of physicians, nurses, and staff once again met the challenge of providing care to our patients under extraordinary circumstances. I cannot exaggerate the heroic effort of this amazing group in providing for the safety and well-being of our patients and in service to our community.”

“We are extremely proud of the dedicated community of The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in working together in service to others,” he said.

“On Monday night, Mount Sinai’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science received ten mothers during a half-hour period,” said Erin DuPree, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Mount Sinai. “Five of them were transferred with their babies, two delivered babies during the night, and three are currently in labor, she said.”

The Medical Center has remained fully staffed during this emergency. Over 1,200 physicians, nurses, and support staff worked or slept at the hospital overnight. Two shifts of staff were asked to report to work before the storm arrived. Nursing is fully staffed. Over 100 volunteers, including medical school students, were on hand to assist during the storm.

In order to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, The Mount Sinai Medical Center activated its Emergency Command Center on Sunday, October 28, at 6 p.m. to ensure the safety of patients, employees, and the surrounding community.

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The Mount Sinai Medical Center will also update news media regarding its emergency-response efforts throughout the storm.

To reach a spokesperson after hours or on the weekend, call 917-205-2109.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and by U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.

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