NEW YORK, September 1, 2011 – NYU Langone Medical Center  announced that as of Thursday, September 1, 2011, all inpatient and outpatient services at its Tisch Hospital ("Tisch") and Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine ("Rusk") are back to normal following the medical center's temporary closure during Hurricane Irene.
"When the Department of Health gave the unprecedented order to evacuate our main campus last Friday, we had close to 500 patients in Tisch and Rusk. From that moment on, the way the faculty and staff of NYU Langone pulled together to support our patients, our facilities, and each other was truly remarkable," said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center. "In 36 hours, we seamlessly evacuated all but six patients who were too critically ill to be moved, proving once again that there is nothing our medical center community will not—and cannot—do."
Because the medical center's Tisch and Rusk hospitals are located in Flood Zone A, the NYC Office of Emergency Management and the NYS Department of Health ordered patients to be evacuated on Friday, August 26th in anticipation of Hurricane Irene. Patients were safely transferred to 26 hospitals, five skilled nursing and three hospice facilities across the region. The medical center sustained only minimal damage and reopened with limited services this past Monday. As of yesterday evening, patients who had not been discharged from the hospital they were taken to during the evacuation returned to the medical center for their continued care.
NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated, academic medical center, is one on the nation's premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of three hospitals – Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the world's first university-affiliated facility devoted entirely to rehabilitation medicine; and the Hospital for Joint Diseases, one of only five hospitals in the nation dedicated to orthopaedics and rheumatology – plus the NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physician