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LB Medical Center Targeting Mid-March Reopening

Credit: Joseph Kellard
Credit: Joseph Kellard
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 $14.85-million shortfall.

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lori December 28, 2012 at 07:29 AM
With many of our area physicians retiring/relocating out of long beach, it's time to join forces with a strong medical system,such as nslij. Our community needs more than just acute care, we need qualified care. We still seek out of town physicians and hospitals because lbmc cannot sustain itself even on a good day
toolittle December 28, 2012 at 08:27 AM
agreed 100%.
Sandbar December 29, 2012 at 01:28 PM
North Shore LIJ would be a great idea, but then the CEO and administrators would not be able to get as much $ as they have gotten in the past!!! That hospital needs to be taken over & would be great if NSLIJ would even be interested.
paul.d.spellman December 29, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Great Idea, someone should send a note to the CEO of NSLIJ. Let him know that off the bat he needs to dump $15 mill into the place, assume the outstanding debt and oh by the way, the state dept of health says that LBMC should really be downsized to a critical access hospital. And when you talk to him don't be surprised when he lets you in on the fact that LBMC has made several attempts to join other health systems but because of its operating losses($$$$) and the the small size of its catchment area and the income (or lack thereof) of the residents they have been unable to secure a partner.
lori December 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Then by all means, follow PHC and shut it down. Why throw good money after bad?
lori December 29, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Maybe convert it to a day op center. Because we live in a "city", I believe we are required to have a hospital?
paul.d.spellman December 29, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Did you just make that up?

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