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Skilled nursing facilities within the North Shore-LIJ Health System Thursday evening were preparing to receive more than 75 patients from nursing homes and shelters in New York City. In addition, North Shore-LIJ’s two outpatient kidney dialysis centers in Great Neck, NY, and Queens Village were also trying to accommodate an influx of more than 30 patients whose treatment centers are closed because of Hurricane Sandy.
The ongoing surge of patients underscores the strain that Hurricane Sandy has placed on both healthcare providers and medically vulnerable patients throughout the New York region.
Also on Thursday, North Shore-LIJ’s Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan began issuing credentials to physicians from New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center who do not have hospital access as a result of NYU’s evacuation and closure earlier this week. By providing credentials, Lenox Hill is enabling NYU doctors to continue to treat their patients, offering continuity of care. As of late Thursday, 14 NYU obstetricians and four other physicians had been credentialed and Lenox Hill is expanding the process to other specialties. Lenox Hill, which received 84 NYU patients following the evacuation, has set up a 24-hour credentialing hotline for the physicians and is providing a 24-hour concierge line linking physicians to the hospital resources in order to help facilitate the process.
Working with the New York City Office of Emergency Management, North Shore-LIJ ambulances were in the process of transporting 78 nursing home patients to the Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation in Manhasset, NY, Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Center in Amityville, NY, and two affiliated skilled nursing facilities: the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park, NY, and the Westchester Center For Rehabilitation & Nursing in Mt. Vernon, NY. In addition to ambulance transport services, North Shore-LIJ provided each facility with beds and privacy screens for the 78 nursing home patients.
Hundreds of kidney dialysis patients from throughout the New York area have been adversely impacted by Hurricane Sandy, particularly on Long Island’s south shore and in Manhattan, where both NYU and Bellevue Hospital Center were evacuated and are now closed. North Shore-LIJ’s Waldbaum Dialysis Center in Great Neck and the LIJ Satellite Dialysis Facility in Queens Village have expanded their hours to 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. to try to handle the increased volume of patients whose treatment centers were shuddered as a result of the storm. On Wednesday, those facilities treated 31 dialysis patients from other facilities, including 24 from South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, NY. Demand continued to be high on Thursday.
All 16 North Shore-LIJ hospitals were operational throughout Hurricane Sandy. Before, during and after the storm, North Shore-LIJ facilities have accepted or transported 281 patients from New York City and Long Island hospitals, nursing homes and shelters.