Coney Island Hospital Evacuates Patients
NEW YORK — Hurricane Sandy forced Coney Island Hospital and chronic-care facilities in New York City's flooded Zone A to begin evacuating patients Tuesday afternoon.
Coney Island Hospital was the fourth hospital to close as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which battered New York City with near-triple-digit wind gusts and record-breaking 14-foot storm surges.
New York University’s Langone Medical Center evacuated hundreds of patients near midnight Monday after the hospital's backup generators failed. Neither the city nor the hospital has determined what caused the generators to shut down, Bloomberg said.
"We’ve had significant challenges at many of our hospitals and healthcare facilities," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
None of the facilities, however, has recorded a storm-related fatality, he added.
"We’ll do a post-mortem afterwards," he stated. "It doesn’t matter why it happened at this point. The point is to help people now."
Bellevue Hospital Center in Kips Bay, which lost power Monday night, was operating on backup generators Tuesday evening.
New York Downtown Hospital in the Financial District and Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System in Kips Bay transferred their patients and closed ahead of the storm.
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