Long Beach Medical Center CEO Douglas L. Melzer said back in November that after Hurricane Sandy, he and his staff were "working day and
night to bring [the] Medical Center back to life."
Less than two months after the storm and it appears that the medical center has a pulse.
According to Newsday [paid link], the medical center requires more than $56 million to fix the damage from Sandy, but will reopen around mid-March.
The medical center sustained significant damage from flooding after the October storm, which affected its electrical system, along with a number of other areas in the hospital.
More than 250 patients and residents from the hospital and the Komanoff Center for Geriatric and Rehabilitative Medicine prior to the storm.
While the hospital will not open until march it is expected that the Komanoff Center will reopen around the start of 2013.
Melzer said he hoped much of the money needed to repair the
90-year-old hospital and nursing home, evacuated before the storm, will
come from insurance, and state and federal aid. But Melzer said he
anticipates that the medical center -- in the red before the storm and
unable to take in any revenue since then -- will still have a