After Hurricane Sandy, the only operating hospital below 57th Street in Manhattan was Beth Israel Medical Center, which was partially-functioning on back-up generators.
North Shore-LIJ CEO Michael Dowling said that Hurricane Sandy showed that there was still an excess of hospitals in Manhattan. Is Michael Dowling advocating for the Berger Commission to close more hospitals in Manhattan, such as NYU Langone or Bellevue Hospital ?
In two short days after Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg raced to ring the "Opening Bell" at the New York Stock Exchange.
The taboo question that the media are too afraid to ask Mayor Bloomberg is : would St. Vincent's Hospital have helped New York City with accepting patients from the emergency evacuations from Bellevue Hospital, NYU Langone, the VA Hospital, and New York Downtown Hospital ? When will Mayor Bloomberg or Mr. Dowling race to ring an "opening bell" of a new hospital for the Lower West Side of Manhattan ?