Urgent care center to open at LBMC
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“Long Beach Medical Center and South Nassau Communities Hospitals have been in negotiations to effect a merger of the institutions consistent with the objectives of the New York State Department of Health,” LBMC spokeswoman Sharon Player said in a statement. “Long Beach Medical Center has been working with South Nassau Communities Hospital toward the opening of an urgent care center on its campus as a first phase of re-establishing other services, including a 911-receiving emergency room in Long Beach, consistent with a memorandum of understanding executed by both institutions.”
The $6.6 million awarded to SNCH to run the facility is provided by the federal Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block Grant, which is designed to cover unreimbursed expenses resulting from the storm, including health and mental health services for individuals and the repair of health care and social services facilities. On Oct. 10, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that more than 450 organizations in the state would receive a total of $200 million thanks to this grant.
“Nearly one year after Superstorm Sandy hit New York, the state’s health care and human service providers continue to serve communities recovering from the storm, even while many of these organizations themselves are still getting back on their feet,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This funding will help providers cover significant costs resulting from the storm …”
The SNCH grant will provide support for staff, clinical services, equipment, supplies and other expenses needed to open and operate the facility, which will have 12 exam rooms and provide treatment for a wide array of medical conditions, according to an SNCH statement. Care will be provided on a walk-in basis, with no appointments required. Patients who are found to be in need of further emergency care or hospitalization will be transported to SNCH or the hospital of their choice via on-site ambulance services, the statement said.