Residents Relieved by Reopening Hospitals

File:Bellevue Hospital front gate jeh.jpgNew York City residents are exhaling a breath of relief as another hospital reopens after the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

While NYU Langone Medical Center was able to reopen only two months after the storm in December 2012, the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) didn’t announced the Bellevue Hospital Center’s reopening until February 7 after the repairs to the electrical system and hospital equipment had concluded. Now Coney Island Hospital has joined Bellevue in becoming fully operable on February 22.

“Thank God,” said Rosedale Queens resident Sandra Dee Douse. “It’s about time some things got back to normal since the storm.”

However, there is still more work to be done, as some hospitals, like Manhattan VA Medical Center that’s expected to reopen this month, still require additional repairs. “Work to restore the remaining parts of the hospitals and to fortify facilities against future events is ongoing,” said HHC Director of Public Affairs, Ian Michaels.

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