Oceanside, NY, March 22, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- South Nassau Communities Hospital today announced plans to build a two-story, 30,000 square-foot Medical Arts Pavilion on the site of the former Long Beach Medical Center that would include an off-campus, hospital-based Emergency Department and restore other needed medical services to residents of the barrier island.
In addition to an around-the-clock Emergency Department, the new structure potentially could house suites for family medicine, behavioral health, dialysis, ambulatory surgery and other medical services. South Nassau has commissioned a study – based on discharge and other data – to determine which services are most needed on the barrier island in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which forced the closing of the former Long Beach Medical Center more than two years ago.
The new Medical Arts Pavilion represents a major investment by South Nassau in Long Beach. It also would help restore jobs to the barrier island. South Nassau opened a temporary Urgent Care Center on the site in July of 2014 and last month the hospital announced a plan to spend an additional $5 million this year to upgrade the Urgent Care Center to an off-campus, hospital-based Emergency Department by July 1. The new Medical Arts Pavilion, which could be expanded to add a third floor if needed, would become the permanent home of the Emergency Department once the new Pavilion is constructed.
“Our mission is to restore needed medical services that were lost as a result of Sandy,” said Richard J. Murphy, South Nassau’s President & CEO. “This new pavilion demonstrates our commitment to Long Beach, Point Lookout, Lido Beach, Atlantic Beach and residents across the barrier island. It is essentially a ‘hospital without beds’ and will go a long way to addressing the community’s medical needs.”
SNCH Medical Arts Pavilion construction is contingent upon regulatory approvals, including from the New York State Department of Health. Once approved, construction would take an estimated 18-24 months.
To be constructed on the south side of East Bay Drive on land formerly occupied by abandoned houses that were severely damaged when SuperStorm Sandy slammed the Tri-State region on October 29, 2012, the SNCH Medical Arts Pavilion will be the permanent location of a full-service, 16-bay, 911-receiving off-campus, hospital based emergency department. It will also provide a continuum of healthcare programs, including diagnostic imaging suite with CT-scan, MRI, and X-ray capabilities.