NYU Langone Medical Center, the badly battered 806-bed facility that was shuttered by superstorm Sandy, resumed many of its operations Dec. 27, but its emergency room will remain closed and will continue routing patients to other facilities.
The hospital, which was forced to evacuate about 300 patients down several flights of stairs when its backup generator failed, has reopened several departments and plans to resume nearly all services by mid-January.
However, the medical center's emergency department will remain shuttered and will be replaced with an urgent-care center. It will be staffed with emergency medicine physicians who will handle minor complaints, admit patients with more serious conditions or send patients who need additional ER services to other facilities by ambulance. The emergency department was undergoing the initial phases of an expansion and renovation when the storm hit in October.