Merging Outpatient Addiction and Opioid-Maintenance Programs during A Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

Vishal K. Gupta, Helena Hansen, Sonia Mendoza, Xinlin Linda Chen, Ronnie G. Swift

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    Objective After Hurricane Sandy flooded Bellevue Hospital in New York City, its opiate maintenance patients were displaced and Bellevue's outpatient program was temporarily merged with the program at Metropolitan Hospital for continuation of care. The merger forced Metropolitan to accommodate a program twice as large as its own and required special staff coordination and adjustments in clinical care. Methods Physicians, clinicians, and administrators from both institutions participated in interviews regarding the merger. Results Issues that emerged in the interviews fell into 4 major themes: (1) organization and meshing of professional cultures, (2) regulation, (3) communication, and (4) accommodations. Conclusions Despite these barriers, data collected after the merger showed high retention rates and low rates of positive urine toxicology results. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)531-537
    Number of pages7
    JournalDisaster medicine and public health preparedness
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Oct 1 2017



    • disaster medicine
    • emergency preparedness
    • hurricane

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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