Lenox Hill Refutes Claims That Beyonce's Presence Kept Parents Away from NICUcarolyncastiglia
Lenox Hill hospital’s executive director, Frank Danza, said the hospital was “delighted” to have Beyonce and Jay-Z deliver their daughter Blue Ivy Carter there, but its staff is “troubled by the misinformation being circulated in some news media reports,” according to the Huffington Post.
As our Katherine Stone noted earlier today, several new parents were incensed because of the intense security measures put in place as a result of the celebrity couple’s presence. Brooklyn dad Neil Coulon was upset when he couldn’t see his twins in intensive care; his wife Rozz told the Associated Press, “Once they checked in there was high security everywhere. It looked like the president was on our floor. The hospital’s security cameras were taped over. Internal windows from the hallways into the ward were blacked out.”
But Danza says that isn’t so. He claims, per the Huffington Post:
… although Beyonce and Jay-Z had their own security, “the hospital has been and still continues to be in control of managing all security at the facility. We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days.”
He also added that no security would have prevented a parent from gaining access to the neonatal intensive unit and no family complained to the hospital about it.
Danza also says reports that the celeb couple paid 1.3 million to rent the entire fourth floor of the hospital are untrue. According to Danza, “the couple was in an executive suite and was billed the standard rate for those accommodations.” He added, “Our executive suites are available for any patient, including the food service and amenities provided to the Carter family.”
Hmmmmm… the Coulon family says they’re not the only parents who were inconvenienced by the Carter family, so we’ll have to see how this whole thing plays out. In the meantime, if you haven’t, go listen to Jay-Z’s song for Blue. Not tryna be a hater, but I think Alicia’s song for Egypt was better…