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Effects at some of Queens’ hardest−hit hospitals

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Forest Hills Hospital, Forest Hills

According to North Shore-LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam, Forest Hills Hospital’s emergency room has seen a 30 percent increase in patient volume. The hospital now sees 230 inpatients a day, bringing it to 104 percent of capacity. He said the hospital has converted conference rooms and offices so it can treat more patients.

New York Hospital Queens, Flushing

New York Hospital Queens CEO Stephen Mills said his facility is receiving up to 140 additional patients a day since the closure of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals and warned the situation has put Queens in a “public health crisis.”

Jamaica Hospital, Jamaica

Ole Pedersen, vice president of emergency management at Jamaica Hospital, said the southeast Queens medical center has been forced to undertake emergency construction to add space for beds. He said the hospital was operating at above capacity before receiving a surge of new patients after Mary Immaculate closed but is keeping up with demand.

Posted 6:33 pm, October 10, 2011
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