Evacuated Hospital Patients Find Beds Throughout City

Hospital workers evacuate a patient from NYU Langone Medical Center on Oct. 29 in New York City Photograph by Michael Heiman/Getty Images

Sixty-three patients from the NYU Langone Medical Center were transferred to St. Luke’s Hospital in Morningside Heights, some as early at Sunday night—before Sandy hit and before the medical center’s backup generators failed. “It’s going OK,” says Elizabeth Dowling, assistant director of public affairs for St. Luke’s, of the hospital’s ability to absorb the extra patients. “We took in everyone, from complicated cardiac care to neurology patients, and the transfer went smoothly. But we’re working with a very limited crew so we don’t have the capacity that we’d like to have.”

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