Information for NYSNA Members at Bellevue Hospital
The backup generator at Bellevue Hospital has failed, and the hospital is being evacuated temporarily. We will provide updated information as it becomes available, here on the NYSNA website.
According to hospital management, nurses scheduled to work tonight (October 31) should report to the hospital to assist with the evacuation, unless otherwise instructed.
At a meeting today, hospital management relayed the following information:
- Three medical units will be open in sister HHC hospitals, two in Metropolitan and one in Harlem. Psychiatric units will be opened in Elmhurst and Kings County. Bellevue nurses will be redeployed to cover these units.
- All Bellevue agency staff will be canceled.
- The remaining Bellevue RN staff will be offered opportunities to work on these units or take annual leave.
- The city is setting up a contact number for follow-up information.
- Some patients were discharged and transferred to Northshore Manhasset, Columbia Presbyterian, Mount Sinai, and potentially Lenox Hill Hospital. No Bellevue RN will follow these transfers. These patients have been officially accepted by the receiving hospital.
No one knows how long the closure will last. In the meeting, management stated the temporary closure could last for two weeks.
With the evacuation of NYU Langone and Downtown Medical Center on Monday night, healthcare access below 57th Street is very limited. The only hospital still operating in this area is Beth Israel, on 17th St., which is operating with limited service on a generator.
NYSNA nurses are on the front lines of recovering from this storm, and all of New York appreciates the extraordinary work you are doing.
We will provide updated information as it becomes available.
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The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 37,000 members, it is New York’s largest professional association and union for registered nurses. The association represents registered nurses, and some all-professional bargaining units, in New York and New Jersey. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.