By Sabina Mollot
Following the official news of Beth Israel’s downsizing to a 70-bed facility, a nurse who’s worked at Beth Israel for many years called Town & Village to say the hospital will be losing its cardiac surgery department.
She said it was right before the Memorial Day weekend when she and others were told that the cardiac surgery department would be moved offsite to St. Luke’s. This follows other department downsizings, like neonatal and pediatrics.
While some heart cardiac services would remain, patients needing actual surgery would have to be taken to the facility on Amsterdam and 114th Street, she said.
“That’s 100 blocks,” said the nurse. “Have you ever driven in New York City?”
The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, added that she thought this was unsafe for patients, noting that sometimes, after being given a stent, patients will require immediate surgery.