Long Beach Medical Center and its affiliated nursing home, The Komanoff Center for Geriatric & Rehabilitative Medicine, are the primary health resources for the barrier beach island. Following a mandatory evacuation days before the storm hit, the medical center transported more than 250 patients and residents to three area hospitals, including Nassau University Medical Center, and 11 nursing homes throughout Long Island. “It was a huge undertaking but fortunately, we had did that in advance,” Player said, adding that hospital staff began preparing for the evacuation the Friday before the storm readying medical records, medication and equipment. “Some of our rehabilitation patients have special equipment … and we sent them with staff who continue to take care of our patients at these different facilities.”
Player said that the medical center’s Home Care Agency remains open and its Family Care Center will reopen within two weeks in a temporary location on campus. The hospital is also attempting to locate a suitable space for its counseling center and outpatient drug and alcohol programs. The hospital also maintains a command center at 249 E. Park Ave.
Disaster Relief Fund:
Long Beach Medical Center has instituted a diaster relief fund, appropriately named Help Rebuild Long Beach Medical Center, seeking donations to help offset the substantial cost to restore the facility. Donations will expedite the restoration of services that are so desperately needed by the residents of a community that has been devastated by Sandy. Anyone wishing to contribute can send a check or money order to: Long Beach Medical Center-Command Center, 249 E. Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY 11561.