2012-11-07 / Features

Mount Sinai Queens Responds To Sandy

Throughout the crisis of Hurricane Sandy, Mount Sinai Queens has remained fully staffed, and the Emergency Department has been open. The outpatient facilities and elective surgery were back up and running with normal schedules on October 31. That included Family Health Associates, Physician Associates, Mount Sinai Queens Cancer Program, Ambulatory Surgery Center and Ambulatory Imaging Center. Patients were being called to confirm appointments to ensure that all patients with appointments were seen.

In order to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, Mount Sinai Queens activated its Emergency Command Center on Friday, October 26 at 6 p.m. Preparations for food, medication, and emergency shelter for staff and patients were coordinated in the Command Center. At the height of the storm, Mount Sinai Queens accommodated nearly 200 physicians, nurses and support staff with sleeping arrangements to ensure adequate staffing for patient care.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mount Sinai Queens stands ready to assist other hospitals with beds. Bellevue Hospital Center evacuated 25 patients to our main campus in Manhattan and asked Mount Sinai Queens to be at the ready for 10-12 additional transfers.

For more information and regular updates, visit www.mshq.org.

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