In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the North Shore-LIJ Health System reported today that all of its hospitals and emergency departments were operational Tuesday morning, although the following facilities were relying on back-up power only: Staten Island University Hospital’s (SIUH) South Division, Glen Cove, Huntington, Plainview and Syosset hospitals, and the Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation in Manhasset, NY.
North Shore-LIJ hospitals received a total of 93 patients who were evacuated Tuesday morning from NYU Langone Medical Center. Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan received 84, Forest Hills Hospital accepted seven and North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in Manhasset, NY received three. NSUH also received two patients who were dependent on a ventilator from Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan.
Family members and loved ones looking to check on the status of transferred patients can call the health system’s Hurricane Sandy Patient Information Hotline at 1-855-473-6399.
Throughout the storm, there were no adverse incidents involving patients being cared for at North Shore-LIJ facilities.
Of the health system’s 16 hospitals in New York City and on Long Island, SIUH’s North Division and Southside Hospital sustained the brunt of the storm damage because of their close proximity to the water. Most of the damage was flooding-related. The data center that serves both SIUH’s North and South divisions will be out of service for an indefinite period, impacting hospital computers and electronic records. As a result, staff is relying on paper records to ensure patient safety. The data center, located on the seventh floor of One Edgewater Plaza, was evacuated Monday because of flooding and power was disconnected to the entire building.
All hospital emergency departments are expected to be extremely busy on Tuesday. Community residents are encouraged NOT to go to the emergency room unless they are experiencing a medical emergency. Those community residents who have sustained damage to their homes and have to evacuate should go to a shelter.
Elective surgeries and physician appointments scheduled for Wednesday at hospitals operating on back-up power (see list above) are cancelled. All patients are encouraged to call ahead of time to confirm all medical appointments scheduled for Wednesday.
Media Contact: Terry Lynam