FDNY EMS no longer sending stroke patients to Beth Israel in phase-out

By Carl Campanile and Craig McCarthy | December 19, 2023

FDNY-EMS ambulance crews are no longer transporting stroke patients to the Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel campus as hospital officials in the East Village proceed with a dramatic downsizing and closure plan by next July — which advocates claim could endanger patient care.

“Effective Sunday, December 31, 2023, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital . . . will be on Permanent Diversion for the CCC code, LVO,”  FDNY EMS Chief Michael Fields said in a Monday directive.

LVO is code for patients with Large Vessel Occlusion that include patients suffering from a potentially deadly stroke. 

Neighborhood advocates fighting to keep Mt. Sinai’s Beth Israel campus open slammed the end of services.

“It totally jeopardizes patient care,” said Arthur Schwartz, a West Village resident.

“It’s a matter of life and death. I had a heart attack in 2017 and was in Beth Israel in ten minutes. It saved my life,” said Schwartz.

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