SIDEBAR: Damages to Medical Center Estimated at $1 Billion

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NYU Langone Medical Center, which stretches across four blocks on Manhattan’s East Side and comprises four hospitals, a medical school, and an outpatient cancer institute, sustained an estimated $1 billion in damages to its main inpatient campus, which is located one block from the East River. Fifteen million gallons of sea water rushed into the basement and subbasement of the hospital, which housed four magnetic resonance scanners, a linear accelerator, and gamma knife surgery equipment, as well as research laboratories, submerging them in over 14 feet of salt water. The National Institutes of Health puts the loss in research experiments and destruction to laboratory equipment and animals at between $50 million and $100 million. ■

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