The Mount Sinai Medical Center Coordinating with Bellevue Hospital Center to Accept Additional Evacuated Patients

Mount Sinai Preparedness Key to Ensuring Safety of Patients, Employees and Surrounding Community during Hurricane Sandy and its Aftermath.

New York, NY
 – November 1, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, The Mount Sinai Medical Center is coordinating the transfer of additional patients with Bellevue Hospital Center, which is currently evacuating a total of 500 patients to area hospitals.  Overnight, Mount Sinai took in an additional 12 psychiatric patients and 13 rehab medicine patients from Bellevue.  This is in addition to the approximately 10 patients we have already taken from Bellevue during the course of the storm. Late Monday night, during the height of the storm, Mount Sinai accepted 64 patients from NYU Langone Medical Center, which had lost power.

The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s electrical infrastructure consists of several separate power systems that support the campus and 13 back-up generators. This means that if Mount Sinai loses power, the medical center’s back-up system is immediately mobilized. The generators and transfer equipment are tested monthly in accordance with local and national standards. Throughout the crisis, Mount Sinai has remained fully staffed, and the Emergency Department has been open. In addition, Mount Sinai’s Urgent Care Facility located at 91st Street and Columbus Avenue is fully staffed and accepting outpatient cases.

On Monday night, October 29, as Hurricane Sandy made landfall and battered New York City with sustained, violent winds and rain, Mount Sinai’s leaders coordinated with those at NYU Langone Medical Center to receive patients when NYU experienced a power outage. Upon arrival, patients were immediately cared for, including two expectant mothers who delivered babies once they arrived at Mount Sinai. More than 1,000 physicians, nurses, and support staff slept at the hospital overnight during the storm to ensure adequate staffing for patient care.  

In order to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, The Mount Sinai Medical Center activated its Emergency Command Center on Thursday October 25, at 6 p.m.
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The Mount Sinai Medical Center will also update news media regarding its emergency-response efforts throughout the storm.

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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. 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.