Oceanside, NY, March 01, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- South Nassau Communities Hospital’s president and CEO, Richard J. Murphy, announced today that South Nassau will submit a Certificate of Need (CON) to the New York State Department of Health in March to seek approval to upgrade the South Nassau Urgent Care Center in Long Beach to an off-campus, hospital-based Emergency Services Department that will be able to receive ambulances via the 911 network.
Assuming timely review and approval of South Nassau’s CON application, the hospital’s goal is to have the free-standing emergency services department fully operational by July 1st, 2015. South Nassau estimates it will cost $4.5 million to upgrade the existing Long Beach Urgent Care Center to an off-campus Emergency Department. The new $4.5 million is in addition to the $5 million South Nassau has already invested to establish the Urgent Care Center, which was opened last July.
In order to meet state requirements for certification as an off-campus Emergency Department, the Long Beach Urgent Care Center will need significant upgrades including (but not limited to) an emergency generator, wider corridors and a new ventilation system.
“From the beginning of this process nearly two years ago, South Nassau has been clear in its intention to help restore needed medical services to the barrier island,” said Mr. Murphy. “This is an important next step in building a patient-centered, high-quality healthcare delivery system that provides vital healthcare services to the residents of Long Beach and surrounding communities.”
Elected officials representing Long Beach applauded South Nassau’s effort to establish an off-campus Emergency Department at the Urgent Care Center on the barrier island.
“Today's announcement signifies an important next step in providing an ambulance-receiving emergency department to residents of Long Beach and the barrier island," said Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos. "I want to thank South Nassau for their commitment to my constituents and I look forward to continuing to work with all parties as this project moves forward and as a more comprehensive, long term plan for Long Beach is developed.”
The off-campus Emergency Department in Long Beach will be staffed by certified emergency nurses and physicians board-certified in emergency medicine. As per existing Department of Health protocol, all acute strokes, heart attacks and trauma patients will be seen at the appropriate state-designated hospital. Any patient who requires hospital admission or advanced levels of treatment will be transferred from the off-campus Emergency Department in Long Beach to the South Nassau campus in Oceanside, or a hospital of their choosing. South Nassau, which services some 900,000 residents of the South Shore from Queens to Suffolk County, is a Level II trauma center and advanced cardiac center.