Sandy’s Aftermath: Overstretching a Health Care System
Many people saw the television coverage of New York University Langone Medical Center’s evaluation of patients during Hurricane Sandy, including very sick newborns. While the evacuation appeared to be very well managed, it nonetheless presented significant challenges to administrators, staff, and rescue workers. Hospitals that took in these patients and those from Bellevue Hospital and the VA Hospital of Manhattan, as well as outlying nursing homes, were also confronted with how to accommodate more patients safely. While Sandy is behind us, the health care system in New York City continues to be stretched beyond capacity.
Tonight on Healthstyles, host Diana Mason, PhD, RN, talks with Kimberly Glassman, PhD, RN, Senior Vice President for Patient Services and Chief Nurse Officer at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Thomas Smith, DNP, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Officer at Brooklyn’s Maimonides Medical Center, about their experiences during Sandy and the continuing impact of the storm on their institutions.
Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.