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Friday, February 27, 2015

Long Beach needs LBMC’s acute care services
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LBMC officials acknowledge the facility’s dire financial situation — it is ranked ninth on the state’s list of the 42 most financially distressed hospitals — and say that they are taking steps to reduce costs and downsize services in order to keep its acute care services operating. We hope such steps are not too little, too late.

We agree with a Long Island Regional Advisory Committee finding, released in 2006, that with a large number of long-term care facilities and adult homes on the barrier island, and given its geographic isolation, dependence on drawbridges and recreational waterfront parks, there is a need to maintain ready access to acute and emergency services here.

The committee also said, however, that the successful transformation of LBMC into a critical-access hospital depends on the development of a relationship with one or more neighboring hospitals.

For years, there have been recommendations that LBMC reduce its size. In 2006, the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities suggested that it downsize to approximately 145 beds and reconfigure itself as a smaller facility focused on emergency and ambulatory care services.

Hospital officials now seem to be leaning toward such recommendations in order to save acute care services. If merging with another hospital — which LBMC’s board of trustees is not averse to — means maintaining emergency services in Long Beach, so be it. Otherwise, lives will continue to be put at risk.

Contact your state officials:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

(518) 474-8390

gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us

Sen. Dean Skelos

(516) 766-8383 or (518) 455-3171

Skelos@nysenate.gov

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg

(516) 431-0500 (518) 455-3028

weisenh@assembly.state.ny.us

State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav R. Shah

(518) 474-2011

dohweb@health.state.ny.us

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lblifer13

As a Long Beach resident and hospital employee I agree we need our hospital. But we also need to throw out all the crooks/liars in charge who have done nothing to help get the hospital out of the financial mess it's been in for years. They asked employees to got without a raise for years while they gave up nothing. I wonder what the state would find if they checked to see what the hospital has done with all the grant money it's gotten. The hospital has been going through this crisis and they put up a page on facebook to keep employees informed. Bottom line is the info we get is from the news first. We little people have been listening to lies for the last 8 1/2 months and even before Sandy. In the middle of all of this our CEO enjoyed a nice vacation in Europe a few weeks ago. His employees have no idea where their futures are going. Some are still out of their homes believing for months that we'll be back only to find out after hanging in there all this time that this may not be the case. I know myself that if I'd known 4 months ago what was going on I'd have done things totally differently. But I listened to liars who told me I'd be back to work and then they replaced me with someone else who has a bigger salary. No surprise there. They wouldn't know "cost effective" if it hit them in the face. We need our hospital. But we also need people who care about the people of Long Beach and not their pensions as they walk out the door into retirement. The hospital has great workers who have done nothing but support the people in charge. Unfortunately money is the root of all evil and the people in charge didn't care a bit about their loyal employees. Open the hospital and put people in charge who want to see a future there - not people who are walking off into the sunset with hospital funding. I pray to God that this doesn't take a death for people to realize how important it is to have our facility opened.

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