South Nassau Communities Hospital officially marked the grand opening of its new urgent-care center at the Long Beach Medical Center campus last week, calling it the first step toward restoring emergency medical services on the barrier island.
The 4,700-square-foot modular unit, which opened July 1, is situated west of LBMC’s emergency department — which has remained closed since Hurricane Sandy — in the parking lot adjacent to the Komanoff Center for Geriatric & Rehabilitative Medicine, at 375 E. Bay Drive.
Upon state approval, South Nassau officials said, the facility would transition into a 24/7 emergency facility that could accept ambulances in approximately six months. Officials plan to conduct an assessment of the LBMC facility over the next several months.
“We’re committed to the health and welfare of the Long Beach community and barrier island,” said SNCH Chief Executive Officer Richard Murphy.
“What we’re trying to do today is take the first step to re-establish health care services on Long Beach island,” Murphy said. “It’s a process that will take some time. Be patient. I think the commitment from South Nassau has always been to place the community first. We look forward to working with you and bringing back first-rate, high-quality health service to the barrier island.”
On July 10, Murphy was joined by state and local officials, including members of the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and State Sen. Kemp Hannon, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“We’re going to continue fighting for what we need for our Long Beach residents,” council Vice President Fran Adelson said. “Public safety has always been our top priority. Naturally, the reopening of the Long Beach Medical Center has been very, very important to us. We’re thrilled that South Nassau has stuck to [taking] over the Long Beach Medical facilities, and having a dormant hospital for the past two years has been devastating to us. It has made people frightened; it has been a very nervous, tense time for us. Seeing this today is a wonderful thing; it’s the beginning of it.”