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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Urgent care center to open at LBMC
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South Nassau Communities Hospital received a $6.6 million grant to open an urgent care center on Long Beach Medical Center's campus, which has been shuttered since Hurricane Sandy.

The fact that the urgent care center will not accept emergency cases may continue to frustrate many Long Beach residents, who say that is the most important service for the barrier island. Since Sandy, emergency patients have been taken to Nassau University Medical Center, SNCH or other area facilities. But many city officials complain that the trip takes too long — a Long Beach ambulance may not return for 90 minutes — which not only puts patients at risk, but strains the city’s resources.

“The urgent care facility is a good first step toward restoring hospital services in Long Beach, and we are happy to see the relationship with South Nassau moving forward,” said City Council President Scott Mandel. “But our priority is, and must remain, immediately restoring full 911-receiving emergency services to accept our ambulances. We will continue to aggressively advocate for that as well as reopening the hospital facility and bringing back much-needed jobs for our Long Beach residents.”

Becker said it was too early to say when the center would open, or whether LBMC employees who remain furloughed would be hired to staff it. “We’ll start setting the wheels in motion, and working with LBMC,” he said. “We’ll walk in there and see what’s available and what they have. It really depends on things like equipment needed, how long it takes to hire people, physical renovations and other things that need to be done.”

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