The Wall Street Journal - "Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Accept Extra Patients Top of Form"
The Mount Sinai Hospital on the Upper East Side has converted spare rooms for use after taking in 99 patients evacuated from NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. It’s incorporated doctors and nurses who came with patients from NYU Langone. And it’s arranged parking and van service for staff trying to get into Manhattan from the outer boroughs. "It will take us a few days to get a sense of what the new normal is," said Wayne Keathley, the hospital's president and chief operating officer. Before Sandy hit, the hospital sought to discharge patients safe to leave in order to free up space for new arrivals. Nevertheless, the hospital exceeded its capacity of 1,171 beds after the storm because some patients ready to leave didn't have transportation or power at home. Now, The Mount Sinai Hospital is anticipating increased use of its emergency room by people from downtown Manhattan. "Unfortunately, New York City hospitals have a lot of experience dealing with extraordinary events," Mr. Keathley said. Learn More