Update on Belaire Building Evacuation

NEW YORK, 6:30pm—October 11, 2006

Doctors’ offices in both the Belaire Building and the East River Professional Building will be open for business tomorrow. All patient appointments with individual doctors will proceed as scheduled. All surgeries will also proceed as scheduled.

Please remember to check this web site for further updates.


NEW YORK, 5:30pm, October 11, 2006 -- As a precaution, Hospital for Special Surgery evacuated the lower twelve floors of the Belaire Building this afternoon, following a fire caused by a small plane that hit an upper floor of the building.

As the Hospital facility was not in any way affected by this accident, the Hospital continues to be operational for patients and their visitors.

Please remember to check this web site for further updates including access to the Belaire Building.


NEW YORK, 4:30pm, October 11, 2006 -- Doctors' offices and administrative offices in the lower 12 floors of the Belaire building that are occupied by Hospital for Special Surgery have been evacuated as a precaution after an explosion this afternoon in the upper floors of the building.

In addition, guest facilities in the building, which house family members visiting patients at the hospital, were also evacuated as a precaution.

All activities within Hospital for Special Surgery have continued without interruption.

We are monitoring the situation closely and working with emergency officials.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.


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