November 29, 2012

On tonight’s segment of Healthstyle’s on WBAI 99.5 FM (streamed live on hear co-host Barbara Glickstein interview an emergency room nurse (who requested anonymity) employed at a functioning post Hurricane Sandy Level 1 emergency room in a Manhattan medical center that hit NYC on October 29th.    

As of November 28th, Bellevue Hospital CenterConey Island HospitalManhattan VA Medical Center, and NYU Langone Medical Center remain closed. Slowly, some primary care and specialty clinics are reopening at these sites.  Projections of these institutions being fully up and running are not expected until early 2013. Hear firsthand from an ER nurse about the mash units that were set-up in the lobby to accept patients evacuated from those closed hospitals and how today some patients stable enough who need hospitalization are being transferred as far north as upstate New York because of over-crowding and a full house in most medical centers in New York City. Are we facing a public health threat post-Hurricane Sandy in New York City?