News: New York City Mayor Defends Beyonce & Jay-Z, Million Dollar Baby Story
Friday, Jan 13, 2012 9:05AM
New York City's Mayor Bloomberg has reportedly come to the defense of new parents Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Jay-Z after they caught heat for allegedly paying over a million dollars to sanction off a hospital last weekend.
In Bloomberg's eyes, if the million dollar story proves to be true, it could ultimately help patients in the long run.
"Let's step back a little bit here. If [the hospital] got paid a lot of money and it let them provide services to other people who don't have insurance or can't afford it, I'm not so sure it's a bad thing. Full-paying patients are very valuable to hospitals in this day and age. ...it's been an awful long time since I've been in a maternity ward. I don't think I'm the person that can tell you what goes on in this day and age. I don't think you should keep people from seeing their babies, or whatever, but have different services for people are full-paying patients. It's easy to go and criticize, but somebody's got to pay." (Perezitos)
In light of the recent controversy, Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital executive director Frank Danza came forward to kill the hype.
"Lenox Hill Hospital and its staff were delighted to welcome the Carter family for the birth of their firstborn on Saturday evening, but we are troubled by the misinformation being circulated in some news media reports. The suggestion that the couple paid $1.3 million to rent an entire maternity floor is simply not true. The family is housed in an executive suite at the hospital and is being billed the standard rate for those accommodations. Our executive suites are available for any patient, including the food service and amenities provided to the Carter family." (Statement)
Another hospital spokesman denied reports this week claiming other patients were mistreated in light of Jay and Bey presence.
New York health officials have reviewed and dismissed complaints patients in a hospital neonatal unit were mistreated while Beyonce was giving birth there to her and Jay-Z's daughter. Health department spokesman Jeffrey Gordon says they received two complaints about Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital. He says both were dismissed by Wednesday night. Beyonce gave birth to the couple's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, on Saturday. (Billboard)
Following Blue Ivy Carter's birth, the hospital was blamed over allegedly restricting a couple from seeing their newborn daughters.
Neil Coulon, 38, of Brooklyn said the stress of his wife delivering two premature girls was tripled by Beyoncé's bodyguards treating Lenox Hill Hospital like an exclusive nightclub. Coulon griped that he's been repeatedly barred from the sixth-floor neonatal intensive care unit, once for 20 minutes, by the superstar couple's private security. He said bodyguards wearing headsets even cleared the sixth floor waiting room, booting his relatives out. "Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) and it happened once on Friday -- just because they wanted to use the hallway," said Coulon, a contractor from Bedford-Stuyvesant. (New York Daily News)
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