Forum Set for Long Beach Medical Center Talk

Residents invited to talk about Long Beach Medical Center closure.

Long Beach residents are coming together Monday to talk about the future of Long Beach Medical Center.

LBMC officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February after months of suspicion.

With the area’s loss of the nearby medical center, Beach to Bay Central Council of Civic Associations is garnering community attention to maintain a hospital on the island.

The forum is set for Monday at 7 p.m. at Lindell School.

The coalition is also asking residents to sign an online petition to reopen a hospital in Long Beach. They have garnered more than 450 signatures and are trying to get 5,000. Click here to read or sign petition.

Are you going to the forum? Do you think the island needs its own hospital or is an urgent care center sufficient? Tell us in the comments below.

Beach to Bay Central Council of Civics March 19, 2014 at 08:59 AM
The Beach to Bay Central Council of Civics is sponsoring the Public Forum on Monday, 3/24 at Lindell at 7PM and the petition at www.beachtobaycentralcouncil.com. This organization is the umbrella organization of the civic association on the barrier island. We appreciate if other groups are interested in this important issue (such as NYCC that posted above and are wearing the price tags). However, the Beach to Bay Central Council of Civics is not working with any official groups that are not from this local area since we must keep the message coming directly from the residents impacted by this situation. If you have any questions please contact us at beachtobaycentral@gmail.com Please take the time to sign the petition and come to the Public Forum on 3/24th. We must let our elected representatives know that this is an important issue to residents. Going to South Nassau in an emergency is too far.
LB Swimmer March 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Unless a way is found to make a hospital economically feasible on the island, it won't happen. If every resident on the island signed the petition, it still wouldn't happen. If a major player and the largest employer in Long Island, LIJ, couldn't find a way to make it feasible, what are the chances of a grass roots movement of a few thousand at succeeding? Get real. Work with someone like LIJ to find a solution on a much smaller scale that makes business sense. I'd love to have a medical center in town but it isn't going to happen so why waste your time chasing windmills.
Beach to Bay Central Council of Civics March 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM
We are not opining on who should take over the assets of Long Beach Medical Center. Surely, LIJ would be a great option among others. We are advocating that our isolated barrier island have an ER Hospital reopened. It was determined by a NY State Health Commission panel that we need a hospital because of our isolation and summertime visitors (despite the financial obstacles). We want NY State to follow its own recommendation. Read about the report here: http://www.beachtobaycentralcouncil.com/
Lucas Sanchez March 19, 2014 at 02:34 PM
New York Communities for Change is mobilizing exclusively to support the work that residents and groups like Beach to Bay Central Council of Civics have been doing for a long time to ensure the health and well being of residents in the island. Last night 40 Long Beach residents (mostly seniors) went to the Council meeting to voice their concerns about the lack of a 24/7 emergency care facility in the barrier island and to raise awareness in the community. Our members are residents of Long Beach and are working to address issues in their community (the hospital, building repairs, local jobs, etc.). We look forward to to mobilizing our members to the forum on 3/24. In solidarity, NYCC.


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