Ten years after Hurricane Sandy, NYC Health + Hospitals is making 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 every major NYC Health + Hospitals facility suffered damage from rain, wind and flooding. The most significant physical damage and severe flooding occurred at three of the system’s acute care hospitals — Bellevue, South Brooklyn Health and Metropolitan — and one long-term care facility and specialty hospital — Coler. Several other facilities experienced widespread power outages and wind damage. Over the past ten years, the health system has made significant strides to make its buildings and campuses more resilient—including building a brand new hospital at the former NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, erecting flood walls, installing new boilers and creating of elevator flood protection. A total of 30 sustainability projects were launched across the four main affected facilities. The health system secured approximately $1.8 billion from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for these resiliency projects.
“Over the past ten years, our health 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 like Hurricane Sandy,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, Ph.D. “We know how important our hospitals, clinics and post-acute facilities are to New Yorkers, and our facilities team has done an incredible job on these projects.”
“Our entire facilities team is dedicated to protecting our core hospital system,” he said Manual Saez, senior assistant vice president for the Office of Facility Development at NYC Health + Hospitals. “When the work is complete, all of our facilities will be prepared to serve our patients even in the worst of circumstances.”
Sustainability efforts include:
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
- Flood barriers were added to the elevators and the medical gas system was mitigated to protect it.
- Add a new power source so that if the power grid goes down for an extended period of time and emergency generators fail, critical hospital functions will continue to operate.
- Completing the community flood design with integrated flood gates that would form a protective boundary of 25th until 30th street in Manhattan.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
- Construction of a flood wall to protect the hospital above the 500 year flood plain. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.
- Smaller mitigation projects, such as ensuring the medical gas system is protected, have been completed.
NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health
- Construction of the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital. The 11-story facility features an elevated emergency department, a surgical suite with eight state-of-the-art operating rooms, robotic surgery, an endoscopy suite and inpatient dialysis.
- A new flood wall has been added to protect the campus.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Coller
- In the process of providing design services to create flood defenses on campus.
- The boilers were replaced and raised above the 500-year flood plain.
- Most smaller mitigation projects have been completed.
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