Mount Sinai Queens Responds To Sandy
Mount Sinai Queens Preparedness Key to Ensuring Safety of Patients, Employees and Surrounding Community during Hurricane Sandy and its Aftermath.
Throughout the crisis, 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 Wednesday, 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 PM. Preparations for food, medication, 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.
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About Mount Sinai Queens
Mount Sinai Queens is a 235-bed licensed acute care facility, providing adult medical and surgical services, with a team of nearly 500 physicians representing close to 40 medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties. Between the physicians and staff, 35 languages are spoken; just one of the many ways that Mount Sinai Queens serves the needs of the culturally diverse population of our community.
Mount Sinai Queens serves the communities of Western Queens and beyond by providing primary and specialty care; occupational, speech and physical therapy; outpatient surgery; and a range of radiological testing.
Mount Sinai Queens is the first and only community hospital to bear the prestigious Mount Sinai name and is unique in the community because it is not just affiliated with Mount Sinai Manhattan— it is a fully integrated part of The Mount Sinai Hospital, combining medical excellence with the compassionate, caring environment you expect from a community hospital.
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