by Danielle Ofri
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2011
“It’s gonna be a big one,” one of the nurses said in a dry, blasé voice, as she walked down the clinic hall. “Plane just hit one of the twin towers. They’ll be coming in droves.”
Her tone was the nearly bored resignation of someone who’s worked in a city hospital for years and who’s seen it all: Bellevue Hospital, after all, is the quintessential municipal hospital — huge emergency room, Level 1 trauma center, recipient of New York City’s urban fallout for 275 years. Another plane crash, or train wreck, or gunfight, typically elicits not much more than a “Here we go again.” It took exactly 17 minutes for that attitude to crumble. Read the full article in the Los Angeles Times.