Joint Statement by Mount Sinai Health System and Samaritan’s Purse

The following is a joint statement from Mount Sinai Health System and Samaritan’s Purse regarding their ongoing partnership to treat COVID-19 patients in New York:

“In March with the surge in critically ill COVID patients growing, New York hospitals were tasked with growing their capacity by 50% to meet the demand. As part of their response, Mount Sinai Health System partnered with Samaritan’s Purse to expand world-class care and bring critically needed medical support and surge capacity to New York City in the fight against COVID-19. Since April 1st, this partnership has resulted in high-quality medical care for 315 patients infected with the virus. We are grateful for this opportunity to work together to save lives and reduce suffering.

“Now that the surge in COVID hospital admissions is reaching manageable levels, we will stop admitting new patients to the Central Park field hospital as of May 4. Mount Sinai Health System and Samaritan’s Purse continue to closely monitor the outbreak, and we anticipate that it will take approximately two weeks to treat these last patients and subsequently decontaminate and remove the tents. The Samaritan’s Purse staff will also wind down their support of Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital over the next two weeks. In the meantime, Samaritan’s Purse will continue to provide the highest level of care and compassion for the patients currently being treated by their staff.

“While this crisis is far from over, this marks a significant turning point in the coronavirus outbreak in New York that gives us assurance that we are returning towards normalcy. We are grateful to have fought the coronavirus together alongside the courageous people of New York City.”