Ken Langone, chairman of the Board of Trustees at the NYU Langone Medical Center, the New York City hospital center named after him, was being treated for pneumonia on the 11th floor of the facility when Superstorm Sandy flooded the basement and emergency room in October, 2012. Langone was evacuated safely and successfully down the darkened stairs along with babies on respirators and over 300 other patients.
A year and a half later, at a ceremony commemorating the newly completed Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services, which at 22,000 square feet and 40 comfortable treatment spaces is more than triple the size of the former emergency department, Langone spoke to me emotionally about the significance of the medical center named after him rising from the ashes and regaining its full strength with this state-of-the-art facility.
“It’s not the building,” he said. “It’s not the technology. It’s the people and the care they provide here. I pinch myself every day. I can’t believe how proud our doctors and nurses make me feel.”