NYU Langone Medical Center Temporarily Closed Due to Hurricane Irene
Patients Safely Evacuated to Alternate Hospitals for Duration of the Storm
NEW YORK, August 27, 2011 – NYU Langone Medical Center is now temporarily closed in anticipation of Hurricane Irene and is no longer accepting emergencies or other admissions. Patients at the medical center were safely transported to alternate hospitals in the region beginning yesterday afternoon. The Medical Center was ordered to evacuate patients and close by the NYC Office of Emergency Management and the NYS Department of Health because it is located in Flood Zone A.
“Evacuating patients from a hospital is an extremely complex and challenging task, which requires evaluating every patient on a case-by-case basis to determine their individual needs,” said Robert I. Grossman, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center. “Over the past 48 hours, our highly skilled and exceptionally dedicated clinical and administrative staffs have proven once again that there is nothing they can't do. And now our focus must shift to protecting the structural integrity of our facility during the hurricane.”
Families of patients who were at the medical center as of yesterday or patients scheduled for surgery or diagnostic testing this Monday may call the NYU Langone Office of Patient-Centered Care at 212-263-6906 if they have questions.
The hospital plans to re-open on Monday, August 29th, pending any potential issues resulting from the storm.
(8/27/2011 at 3:00 PM)
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