Bellevue Hospital Reopens After Sandy Repairs

Bellevue Hospital Center has been slowly restoring limited service since the storm, which sent the East River pouring into its basement

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013  |  Updated 7:20 PM EDT
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New York City's 276-year-old, landmark hospital for the poor has fully reopened for the first time since it was badly damaged by flooding from Sandy.

Bellevue Hospital Center has been slowly restoring limited service since the storm, which sent the East River pouring into its basement.

But on Thursday, the storied Manhattan hospital reopened its trauma center, its intensive care units and its maternity ward and began admitting patients again to all 828 of its beds.

City Health and Hospitals Corporation President Alan Aviles says part of the repair work involved fortifying the building's electrical systems, elevators and water supply against future floods.

The hospital evacuated several days after the storm. NYU Medical Center, right next door, also evacuated after sustaining flood damage. It has also started to reopen

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