New York Emergency Department Re-Opens after Hurricane Sandy

Bellevue hospital receives ambulances again after flooding closed the facility.


States News Service | | Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Bellevue Hospital Center Emergency Department is fully staffed and receiving ambulances again for the treatment of non-traumatic and non- critical injuries. Ambulances began arriving on December 24 for the first time since Hurricane Sandy flooded Bellevue's basement and disabled much of the facility's equipment.

Bellevue has also added more specialty clinics and ancillary services including radiology, nuclear medicine, and mammography services to the outpatient clinics it has been operating since November 19.

"Bellevue plays a vital role in the community and we're very pleased to be able to offer limited emergency department services there again," said Alan D. Aviles, President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). Tremendous credit is owed to the dedicated staff and physicians who have worked around the clock since Sandy to bring the facility back into service. We continue to anticipate that Bellevue will be fully re-opened with all services by February.

The Bellevue ED has laboratory and imaging services, but will not be open as a Level 1 Trauma Center. Bellevue has worked closely with FDNY/EMS and other ambulance providers to ensure that only non-critical patients are brought to the hospital. Patients who arrive by other means needing admission or surgery will be stabilized if necessary and transferred to an accredited facility that offers the needed service. .

Private ambulance services will be on-site 24-hours-a-day to transport patients to other hospitals if needed, and FDNY/EMS is on-call to supplement transport if needed. Transfer agreements are in place with HHC's nine other acute care hospitals that are accepting inpatients and with designated voluntary hospitals. New Yorkers should continue to call 9-1-1 for medical emergencies.

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