Hurricane Sandy Relief

Join The Fund for HHC in our Hurricane Relief effort – Helping HHC staff who helped, and aiding the communities we serve.

Victor Rivera evacuates Barbara Fleming from Bellevue Hospital on October 31, 2012 in New York City. The storm claimed several dozen lives in the United States and caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. President Barack Obama declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the U.S. east coast, including New York City, with widespread power outages and significant flooding in parts of lower Manhattan and elsewhere. Photo courtesy Allison Joyce.

During and after the storm, HHC hospitals and staff continued to serve tens of thousands of New Yorkers in communities throughout the city.

In addition to caring for our own patients, HHC staff provided medical care and other vital services at shelters set up for those who were unable to stay in their homes.

As always, HHC remains committed to protecting and preserving the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. But now, there is a powerful need within our own HHC family as well. Many HHC staff members have been hard hit by the storm, as well, and face great hardship. Some are without adequate shelter, warm clothing, blankets, food, and potable water. As we have helped so many others in the past, this time, we need to help our own…

“The height of the storm on Monday night found me with staff at Coney Island Hospital. At one point during that long night, I peered out the window into the raging rain and wind at what had been the hospital’s parking lot. I saw three people headed for Coney’s main entrance. I thought they must be people who needed help. Turned out they were people who give it. Those three people were HHC staff, braving the worst of the storm to get to the hospital and take care of patients.”

- Alan D. Aviles, President, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation

To help, The Fund for HHC, our hospital system’s philanthropic arm, will organize, coordinate, and manage a special Hurricane Relief Fund that will provide one-time monetary grants to assist HHC staff members that have suffered losses due to the storm. Financial contributions can be made to The Fund online at; checks made out to “The Fund for HHC, Hurricane Relief” can be mailed to The Fund for HHC, 346 Broadway, Suite 715, New York, New York, 10013.

Click here to donate to HHC’s “Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund”.

Storm surges and unprecedented winds plunged much of Manhattan into darkness. Photo courtesy Eric Strange.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and personnel from multiple City agencies kept the public up to date on the latest developments.

Coney Island Hospital, which sits near the seaside, was evacuated before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New York City. Photo courtesy Allison Joyce.

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