Ten years after Hurricane Sandy, New York Health + Hospitals makes progress on most resilience projects
October 28, 2022
The new Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospital, built with FEMA funding in response to Hurricane Sandy.
New York, New York
When Hurricane Sandy arrived on Sunday, October 29, 2012, nearly all of the large facilities at NYC Health + Hospitals suffered damage from rain, wind and floods. The most significant physical damage and severe flooding occurred in three of the system’s acute care hospitals – Bellevue, South Brooklyn Health and Metropolitan – and in one long-term care facility and specialty hospital – Coler. Several other structures suffered widespread power outages and wind damage. Over the past decade, the healthcare system has made great strides to make its buildings and campuses more resilient, including building a brand new hospital at the former NYC Health + Hospitals / Coney Island, erecting walls against flooding, installing new boilers and creating flood protection for elevators. A total of 30 resilience projects have been launched in the four main structures concerned. The health care system has secured approximately $ 1.8 billion from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for these resilience projects.
“Over the past decade, our healthcare system has planned, initiated and completed many of the resilience projects that will strengthen our hospitals and facilities in the event of another significant water and wind event such as Hurricane Sandy,” he said. NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “We know how important our hospitals, clinics and post-acute sites are to New Yorkers, and our facilities team has done an incredible job with these projects.”
“Our entire facilities team is dedicated to protecting our essential hospital system,” he said Manual Saez, senior assistant vice president for the Office of Facilities Development at NYC Health + Hospitals. “When the work is complete, all of our facilities will be ready to serve our patients even in the worst circumstances.”
Resilience efforts include:
New York Health + Hospitals / Bellevue
- Added flood barriers to elevators and mitigated the medical gas system to protect it.
- Add a new power source so that if the power fails for an extended period of time and the emergency generators fail, critical hospital functions will continue to operate.
- Completion of the municipal dam project with integrated gates that would form a protective boundary of 25th to 30th street in Manhattan.
New York Health + Hospitals / Metropolitan
- Construction of an alluvial wall to protect the hospital over the 500-year-old floodplain. The completion of the project is expected in 2024.
- Smaller mitigation projects, such as ensuring the protection of the medical gas system, have been completed.
New York Health + Hospitals / South Brooklyn Health
- Construction of the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospital. The 11-story facility features an elevated emergency room, a surgical room with eight state-of-the-art operating rooms, robotic surgery, a hospital endoscopy and dialysis room.
- Added a new flood wall to protect the campus.
New York Health + Hospitals / Coler
- Underway to acquire engineering services to create campus flood protection.
- The boilers were replaced and raised over the 500-year-old floodplain.
- Most of the smaller mitigation projects have been completed.
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