While heroic staffers beg for protective equipment and don garbage bags to treat coronavirus patients at a Mount Sinai hospital, two of the system’s top executives are waiting out the public health catastrophe in the comfort of their Florida vacation homes, The Post has learned.
Dr. Kenneth Davis, 72, the CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System who pulled down nearly $6 million in compensation in 2018, is ensconced in his waterfront mansion near Palm Beach.
Davis has been in the Sunshine State for weeks and is joined by Dr. Arthur Klein, 72, president of the Mount Sinai Health Network, who owns an oceanfront condo in Palm Beach.
As the duo work from “home,” the Upper East Side-based hospital system seems to be imploding.
Mount Sinai West assistant nursing manager Kious Kelly succumbed Tuesday to COVID-19; maintenance workers scrambled to create patient pods in the main hospital’s vast lobby to deal with patient overflow, and specialists were called to the front lines to treat the sick.
A photo of nurses at Mount Sinai West near Columbus Circle wearing trash bags because they said there were no more gowns highlighted the dire supply shortage. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called the photos and situation “shameful and shocking.”
Some nurses continued to say they lacked personal protective equipment Thursday despite claims by the hospital administration, and even Gov. Andrew Cuomo at his daily briefing, that there were enough supplies.
But staffers across the system talked about hospitals under siege.
“People come in, they get intubated, they die, the cycle repeats,” Dr. Steve Kasspidis, of Mount Sinai Queens in Astoria, told Sky News. “The system is overwhelmed all over the place.”
The head of the New York State Nurses Association blasted the ghost leaders.
“How can you inspire confidence in your employees who are in the front lines of the epicenter that you have their best interests at heart when you are 1,000 miles away? Even more important, what are you doing to procure the PPE that is proven to save lives of caregivers and, ultimately, the patients we care for? We are not protected. And every day it is getting worse,” said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, the union president.
Davis, reached at his six-bedroom, eight-bathroom home by The Post Friday, said he was told by his own doctor to stay in Florida because he was older than 70. He said he was already there on a fundraising trip for the hospital “before this started.”
But Davis was in New York on March 2 participating in a press conference the day after the city’s first case was announced. A Mount Sinai spokesman said Davis traveled south in early March.
Davis angrily insisted that he did not need to be in the Big Apple, or be with beleaguered staff, to get the job done.
“Do you know that from the time I wake up from the time