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Long Beach Medical Center may lose E.R.
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Penny Frondelli/Herald hospital officials claim that the state Health Department is standing in the way of the facility’s reopening.

The hospital’s board of trustees, city officials and local organizations are calling on the Health Department and state lawmakers to allow the acute care services to continue.

In a statement, Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) said that residents on the barrier island deserve access to “high-quality, appropriate health care.”

In a letter to Nirav Shah, the state’s commissioner of health, City Council President Scott Mandel urged him to expedite the reopening of the hospital, and stressed the necessity of having emergency services available in Long Beach.

“Each and every resident of the city suffers without a functioning emergency room,” Mandel wrote. “We stand on the brink of the summer season when the demand for emergency services in Long Beach increases tremendously.”

Michael Kerr, president of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and a hospital board trustee, said that with only three means of access on or off the barrier island, mechanical problems with bridges cause lengthy delays. Additionally, the community’s population increases from 38,000 to over 50,000 during the summer months, Kerr said, and in a medical emergency, transporting a patient to another hospital may mean a delay of life-saving care.

LBMC officials said that the state wants to shut down its acute care services because of a surplus of hospital beds statewide. They said that hospital admissions across the state are down, and there has been a shift toward outpatient services.

A spokesman for the Health Department, however, said that the hospital has been losing money for quite some time, and is ranked 9th on the state's list of the 42 most financially distressed hospitals. “It’s been well documented that Long Beach Medical Center, for many years preceding Sandy, has been under dire financial stress,” said Bill Schwarz, the department’s director of public affairs.

Shah went even further, saying that the department has attempted to help the hospital with its finances and operations, but the LBMC has not done its part. The Health Department will not allow the hospital to reopen, or provide resources to make permanent repairs to the facility, unless it submits a viable financial plan, Shah said. “...The leadership of Long Beach Medical Center have failed to meet their obligations to address the dire financial and operational issues that for too long have plagued this hospital,” he said.


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This is an attrocity, and only the beginning. Still 6 mos before Obamacrap is implememted.

I wonder how Long Beach voted in the last pres election?

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | Report this

It is absolutely necessary and imperative for LB to have its own ER...as someone whose children frequent the beach...as someone whose family members reside in LB.. as as someone who resided in LB during the last big storm that cut LB off from the mainland...without its own viable ER....in close proximity to and always accessible to beach goers, surfers, and residents is very simply-a tragedy is waiting to happen. This is more important than any boardwalk and every resident and non resident who uses the beach should stand up and be heard!

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | Report this

How getting this hospital up and running isn't a main priority is totally reprehensible. Let's take sorely needed funds and get the boardwalk rebuilt, yet ignore an institution that can save many lives. Crazy! Too many unused beds? Someone should take a look at the overcrowded South Nassau Comm. Hosp.

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | Report this

You what you vote for so now live with it.They should turn the facilityu into a Drug and Alchole rehabe. We have enought in the town to suooprt that program.

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | Report this

The sad part is that it will take someones death to get the ball rolling. The hospital has been a financial mess for a long time. Employees have listened to the CEO's stories and have not had a raise in years. I wonder what perks all the higher ups surrendered. Bottom line is that LBMC needs an overhaul. They need new people in charge who see a future for the hospital not people who are on their way to retirement and just looking to see how much money they can walk away with. I've lived here all my life and this is the most dangerous time of year. And anyone that lives here knows how crowded that bridge gets at times and it's only a matter of time before someone dies because the bridge is up and/or traffic is jammed. School is out now...how long before an out-of-towner hits the beach and needs to be saved. The heat has started...how about all our seniors? The people we've elected need to start speaking up for us and our safety. A boardwalk can be built any time ..someones life and death situation can't be put on hold.

Friday, June 28, 2013 | Report this

Yes, we should be heard. First, get rid of the entire staff and start over (as in local doctors and insensitive nurses and aides), Second several pediatric physicians and beds for pediatrics, also equipment for use for pediatrics, Third, a qualified amount of physicians in all fields other than the good old boys of Long Beach. Fourth, a greater housekeeping department, complete with mops, dust mops, dusting cloths and sanitary cleaners. And finally, enough linens to sustain the hospital on a daily basis that are clean and not JUST ENOUGH. And the most important thing is that the staff NOT be allowed to discuss patients in public places or AT ALL other than to family of the patients, WITH PERMISSION! The HIPPA LAW is VERY MUCH ALIVE. We need great care in LB, NOT the substandard care we were receiving before SANDY. We have a community of young AND old, and all in between. They ALL should get good quality care. The old LBMH was a geriatric facility at best, with substandard care for others. The NEW LBMH should be for everyone and have great qualified doctors from other communities willing to come here. Not avoid us because of the bad reputation that preceeds it. So, now that you know some of the needs, get on it and see what you can do.

Saturday, June 29, 2013 | Report this

I know that under new leadership, this hospital would flourish. To leave it as is is to go backwards. Many people go outside of LB when they need a hospital or fear of DYING in LBMH. That is the reputation it has. That, plus misdiagnosis and over medicating and not listening to the patients complaints. We need new leadership if this facility is ever going to serve this community. I hope we can achieve these things, or many of us will continue to go elsewhere for care.

Saturday, June 29, 2013 | Report this

Thie inside story is the management needs to go and North Shore might take over. ER is critical for LB. North Shore mgt would be a boon. This is about nothing more than better mgt needed.

Monday, July 1, 2013 | Report this
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