H1N1 Surge Triggers Emergency Plan for NYC Hospital

Considering the hospital houses more births than any other facility in the state and has a large volume of pregnant women and young children, "we are very concerned about spreading H1N1 within the hospital," Tynion said.

In addition, communication efforts may be put into place to reach out to the community and volunteer physicians, and to place ads in the local papers about where to go and what to do if you have the flu.

"Because of the experience in the spring, the hospital has taken a strong stance in how to prepare," Garcia said. "Some ERs have been left to handle [surges] on their own, [but for Maimonides] it's not just an emergency department thing, it's a hospital-wide initiative ... to make sure we're up and ready with what [our patients] need it."

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