In Manhattan, the Veterans Administration New York Harbor Healthcare System reopened Monday afternoon. More than 100 patients were transferred from the hospital, which emerged from the storm with little damage.
The Coney Island Hospital, owned by the New York City Health & Hospitals Corp., began to accept patients after reopening its emergency department at noon Monday. Evelyn Hernandez, a spokeswoman for the system, said the hospital evacuated 250 patients, of which 100 patients would return. Outpatient clinics will open Tuesday, she said.
Critically ill patients will remain at transfer hospitals and others ready to go home will be discharged, she said. The hospital suffered no discernable physical damage, Hernandez said. Coney Island doctors and nurses traveled with patients to alternative hospitals and remained during the weekend but then transferred medical care for those patients who will remain, she said.
New York University Langone Medical Center opened its emergency room Monday morning, but said on its website the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine would not admit patients until storm damage was repaired. NYU Langone Medical Center said labor and delivery, outpatient diagnostic, cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology also resumed. Other services would be restored and evacuated patients would return over the next two days.
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System reopened its Staten Island University Hospital and Southside Hospital in Bayshore, N.Y., won approval from state health officials to reopen on Sunday evening. Spokesman Terry Lynam said Southside Hospital admitted 38 patients almost immediately.
Most of the 1,000 patients evacuated from the two-campus Staten Island University Hospital and Southside Hospital won't return back in order to prevent complications that could occur during transfers, Lynam said. However, patients who require specialty care, such as brain injury or psychiatry services, will return.
Electricity has been restored to one of three hospitals in the 11-hospital system that relied on emergency power Sunday evening, he said. Hospitals were not severely damaged.
St. John's Episcopal Hospital, which evacuated 257 patients and another 127 nursing home patients, reopened Monday at 6 a.m., hospital CEO Nelson Toebbe said. Patients were being transferred back to the facility, he said. The hospital suffered no damage from the storm.
In New Jersey, the Department of Health and Senior Services said Palisades Medical Center opened Sunday and Hoboken University Medical Center was scheduled to reopen Monday evening, said Ellen Refowitz, senior vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer. Refowitz praised the engineering and housekeeping staff for steadily working through the weekend to prepare the hospital to reopen. Flooding at one point left the hospital “sort of sitting in the middle of a lake,” she said.
New Jersey Health and Senior Services spokeswoman Donna Leusner said in an e-mail that St. Clare's Hospital evacuated 14 patients on Monday to its Denville, N.J., campus from its Sussex, N.J. campus. A spokeswoman did not return a request for comment by deadline.