Massive Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Arrives in Manhattan

USNS Comfort docks are pier 90 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Ship to provide much needed hospital beds.
USNS Comfort Arrives in New York to Provide Hospital Beds to Non Coronavirus Patients

The USNS Comfort arrived in New York on Monday 3/30/20 at 11:00 AM. The massive Navy hospital ship came to NYC to help relieve city hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.

Spectators lined both sides of the Hudson River, ignoring social distancing, to get a look at the gleaming white ship with a red cross on it as the USNS Comfort sailed up the river.

The 1,000-bed floating hospital docked at Pier 90 on Manhattan’s West Side, and is set to begin treating patients Tuesday.

“Our nation has heard our plea for help here in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said as he greeted the ship at Pier 90. “There could not be a better example of all of America pulling for New York City than the arrival of the USNS Comfort.”

The USNS Comfort will not treat coronavirus patients, but will take on other patients including trauma cases, freeing up beds at local hospitals focused on combating the pandemic. It will have 750 beds ready to treat patients immediately.

The Comfort is staffed by 1,200 medical personnel and equipped with operating rooms, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, digital radiology, a CAT scan, two oxygen-producing plants and a helicopter deck.

“We needed this boost. We needed this hope,” de Blasio said, calling it a “beacon of hope” to see the ship entering city waters and “coming here to save the lives of New Yorkers in our hour of need.”
At regular hospitals in the city, as many beds as possible will be converted into intensive care units.
Originally built as an oil tanker in 1976, the USNS Comfort and her sister ship USNS Mercy underwent massive conversions into Hospital ships and have responded to emergencies worldwide.

The pier where the ship docked was dredged to assure that the massive 70,000 ton ship did not scrape the bottom as she entered the berth.


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