Critical infrastructure vulnerable to flooding—including electrical switches and fuel pumps—will be moved to higher ground at New York City-owned hospitals that remain closed by damage from superstorm Sandy, said the president of the city's health system.
But first, the hospitals must open, Alan Aviles, president and CEO of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., told an audience in Manhattan for the Crain's New York Business Health Tech Summit.
That will not happen until January for Coney Island Hospital and February for Bellevue, though limited emergency room and outpatient services will resume sooner.
Coney Island Hospital, which lost all power for four hours during the lethal storm, has already resumed its outpatient services. Bellevue will do so next week, Aviles said on Monday when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans to increase the city's capital budget by $500 million, including $300 million for the health system's Sandy repairs. The City Council approved the spending on Tuesday afternoon.
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