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Lorna Breen obituary: NYC ER director dies by suicide at 49 – Legacy.com

Dr. Lorna Breen was the medical director of the emergency department at New York Presbyterian Allen Hospital in Manhattan.

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Working on the front lines

Breen was directing the ER during an unprecedented time, as COVID-19 overwhelmed New York City and hospitals saw a massive influx of patients they couldn’t always save. New York Presbyterian Allen is a 200-bed hospital that at one time was treating 170 patients with COVID-19. Breen had tested positive with COVID-19, but she recovered and went back to work before going to stay with her family in Virginia.

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Breen’s father, also a physician, noted that she had told him about the severity of the coronavirus’ impact on the city’s hospitals and the emotional and physical toll it took on doctors there. “Make sure she’s praised as a hero, because she was,” he told the New York Times. “She’s a casualty just as much as anyone else who has died.”

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Full obituary:The New York Times

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