The Mount Sinai Medical Center Is Prepared for Hurricane Sandy

In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, The Mount Sinai Medical Center activated its Emergency Command Center on Sunday, October 28.

New York
 – October 29, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

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

Currently, Mount Sinai is coordinating with NYU Langone Medical Center to accept evacuated patients in the areas of adult critical care, pediatric critical care, neonatal intensive care and obstetrics.  Mount Sinai is allocating two post-operative surgical units for many of these patients.  Patients are being transported to Mount Sinai via ambulance and will be accompanied by NYU Langone staff and physicians.

Due to the weather emergency and the closure of public transportation in New York City and the tri-state region, all elective procedures and outpatient appointments were cancelled for  Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30. Staff will assist patients with appointment rescheduling. All Mount Sinai's Emergency rooms are open and expected to remain fully operational. All essential hospital services will be fully staffed throughout the storm.

Officials advised employees that food, sleeping accommodations, and parking will be provided for faculty, staff, and residents who stay overnight.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine has canceled first- and second-year classes and clinical rotations on Monday and Tuesday. The Graduate School of Biological Sciences has likewise cancelling all classes and small-group sessions on those days.

We encourage visitors to stay in close contact with their families by phone but do not recommend hospital visits during the inclement weather.

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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. Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and 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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