The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Preparation for Hurricane Irene

The Mount Sinai Medical Center has activated its emergency preparedness plan to provide for the safety of patients and staff during the storm.

New York, NY
 – August 28, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center has activated its emergency preparedness plan to provide for the safety of patients and staff during the storm.

Clinical staff arrived in advance of their assigned shifts and will remain on-site through the duration of the storm. All units are fully staffed with reinforcement personnel on-site to accommodate rotations over the next 36 to 48 hours. In addition, hundreds of medical students, residents, fellows, and interns have volunteered to assist clinical and non-clinical staff during this emergency.

The Mount Sinai Medical Center has supplies and resources to meet the needs of patients and staff during and in the aftermath of the hurricane, is prepared with backup generators, and stocked with medications and other clinical and non-clinical materials that may be needed during the course of the storm.

"We have taken every precaution necessary to ensure operations run smoothly, so we can continue to deliver quality care during the emergency," said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO, The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "Despite extended shifts and increased demand, it is uplifting to see our staff’s commitment to their patients and colleagues."

Mount Sinai coordinated with the Greater New York Hospital Association to accept evacuated patients from NYU-Langone Medical Center in the areas of pediatric critical care, transplantation, post-operative care, rehabilitation, and cardiovascular medicine. Mount Sinai allocated a post-operative surgical care unit for several of these patients to facilitate the coordination of care, who were accompanied by NYU staff and physicians. Mount Sinai Queens has received patients from St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and from Promenade Nursing Home in the Rockaways.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit: the New York City Severe Weather website, the New York State Hurricane Preparedness website, and the National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness website.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report. 

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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