Fully Operational, North Shore-LIJ Health System Continues to Take In More Transfers from NY Hospitals

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261 Patients from other institutions have already been transferred to or assisted by the region’s largest Health System.

The North Shore-LIJ Health System accepted 10 patients evacuated Wednesday afternoon from Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, on top of the 94 that Lenox Hill and other North Shore-LIJ hospitals received on Tuesday from NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan and the 45 who were transported from Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn.

Throughout the Hurricane Sandy preparation and response, North Shore-LIJ facilities have accepted or transported of 261 patients from New York City and Long Island hospitals and nursing homes. The health system’s Center for Emergency Medical Services has played a major role in that effort, responding to 1,008 requests for assistance before, during and after the hurricane, and transporting a total of 726 patients. Throughout the storm, there were no adverse incidents involving patients being cared for at North Shore-LIJ facilities.

All of North Shore-LIJ’s 16 hospitals remained fully operational throughout the storm’s duration and its aftermath. As of Wednesday evening, all North Shore-LIJ facilities were on full power with the exception of Staten Island University Hospital’s South Division, which remained on back-up generators.

"Hurricane Sandy was the worst storm to hit our region since 1938," said North Shore LIJ President and CEO Michael J. Dowling. "An historic event of such magnitude requires an historic response. The ability of our employees and clinicians to keep our doors open, meet community needs during a crisis and assist other hospitals in distress was a significant achievement, and a testament to the partnership we have with emergency response agencies and other healthcare institutions in the region."

Family members and loved ones looking to check on the status of transferred patients can call the North Shore-LIJ’s Hurricane Sandy Patient Information Hotline at 1-855-473-6399.

Here is a summary of the patients that North Shore-LIJ received from other New York and Long Island hospitals over the past four days:

24 outpatients from South Nassau Communities Hospitals were brought Wednesday to North Shore-LIJ’s Waldbaum Dialysis Center in Great Neck;
10 patients from Bellevue Hospital Center were brought to North Shore University Hospital (10, including three critical care);
94 patients from NYU Langone Medical Center were brought Tuesday morning to Lenox Hill Hospital (84), Forest Hills Hospital (seven) and North Shore University in Manhasset (three);
45 patients from Coney Island Hospital were transported Tuesday to North Shore University Hospital (10), LIJ Medical Center (10), Franklin Hospital (10) in Valley Stream, Forest Hills Hospital (10) and Zucker Hillside Hospital (5).
80 patients from Long Beach Medical were transported Sunday to Nassau University Medical Center, a North Shore-LIJ affiliate hospital.
Elective surgeries scheduled for Thursday at all North Shore-LIJ hospitals (except SIUH South) are expected to go on as scheduled. Most North Shore-LIJ physician practices will also resume office hours, although patients are encouraged to call ahead of time to confirm their medical appointments. To find out the latest on outpatient physician office openings, go to: http://www.nslijdocs.com/documents/mdgroup_status.pdf

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Terry Lynam
North Shore-LIJ Health System
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