My original post of June 3-
An article in the Herald reports South Nassau is getting $138 million from FEMA that was intended for Long Beach Medical Center. But SNCH CEO Murphy may not use any of the money to repair LBMC. Long Beach may just get a "mobile care unit" and the money will probably get lost in South Nassau's budget. Both Schumer and "Harvey" praise South Nassau for caring for us here (huh?)
Small part of 3-page article pasted below. The whole thing is important reading on the Herald site:
FROM LB HERALD ARTICLE-
... It is too early to say how much of the FEMA funds will be used in Long Beach and at the SNCH campus, Murphy said, adding that a spending plan would be subject to a federal audit. Funding would also be used to expand South Nassau’s emergency department, where admissions have increased by approximately 4,000 annually, to 64,000, due to LBMC’s closure.
“Without a budget, it’s been too difficult to say how that’s going to be spent, but our goal would be to invest those dollars to benefit the broader community here,” Murphy said. “Certainly we are going to invest an appropriate amount in [the Long Beach] community based on the health care needs that we identify.”
He said that South Nassau plans to hold a series of public forums with the Health Department to gather public input.
Ray Ellmer, who sits on LBMC’s board of trustees, said that he hopes South Nassau makes a significant investment in Long Beach, including a 24-hour emergency department and other services.
“My feeling is that they plan on using some of the FEMA funds to expand their emergency department in Oceanside,” Ellmer said. “What I’d hate to see is that [the funding] just disappears into the books of South Nassau.”