Surprise! Security at Lenox Hill Hospital, where Beyonce delivered her daughter Blue Ivy Carter on Saturday, is tighter than Fort Knox and the Pentagon combined right now…
Which makes no damn sense and is affecting other families welcoming little ones at the Upper East Side hospital.
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.
“They should have been more strategic about it,” he said. “These are children with problems in intensive care and you’re just going to take over the hospital like you own it? All I want is an apology.”
Lenox Hill staffers, speaking anonymously, told the Daily News that Beyoncé and Jay-Z paid $1.3 million to seal off and redecorate a wing at the upper East Side hospital, in a super-strict effort to protect their privacy.
Beyoncé gave birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, Saturday night on the sixth floor, near the NICU, a hospital staffer told The News.
“Some people were upset,” the staffer said. “I heard a gentleman say he couldn’t go upstairs to see his baby [Saturday\].
Hospital spokeswoman Anne Silverman said she had not personally heard of the complaints.
“We take patient satisfaction very seriously,” Silverman told The News. “This is the first time I’m hearing about it.”
Coulon scoffed at the double-standard treatment.
“I know they spent $1.3 million and I’m just a contractor from Bed-Stuy, but the treatment we received was not okay,” Coulon said. “My wife is just terribly upset. She had a C-section. She gave birth to twins. She is sore. Nobody needs this.”
Coulon insisted he wasn’t the only new parent upset by the hip-hop hassles in the hospital.
“This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you’re a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children,” fumed Coulon, whose wife, whose wife delivered two premature and underweight girls on Wednesday.
That’s wack as hell. But if it’s true, we think the administrators at Lenox Hill is guiltier than the Knowles-Carters for their piss-poor planning.
So just how deep is security right now? In addition to Julius and Company patrolling the halls, members of the staff have reportedly been forced to turn in their cell phones during their shifts and the security cameras in the hallways in Bey’s section have been covered up with shipping tape.
ROFL at the extra-ness of it all.