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Mobile Primary Care Facility Replaces Satellite Emergency Unit at LBMC

Credit: Joseph Kellard
Credit: Joseph Kellard
As a result of Hurricane Sandy, the inpatient services of Long Beach Medical Center are temporarily closed due to flooding.

Accordingly, commencing Wednesday, Dec. 5, the State Health Commissioner has arranged for a comprehensive Mobile Primary Care Facility at the hospital site - directly across from the main hospital entrance - to replace the Mobile Satellite Emergency Department. 

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Additionally, arrangements have been made to have ambulance services on stand-by at the facility should the need for acute-care services arise. 

This facility, which will fulfill the primary care needs of the community, will operate during regular business hours and be staffed by physicians and nurses of Long Beach Medical Center. The specific hours of this facility’s operation and phone number will be published prior to its opening on Wednesday. 

While Long Beach Medical Center completes restoration of its facility, residents requiring emergency care should call 911 and will be transported by ambulance off of Long Beach Island to other hospitals. 

In approximately two weeks the Medical Center will reopen its Family Care Center (FCC) in a new location at 761 Franklin Boulevard, Long Beach.  We will advise the community of the exact date of the opening and the FCC’s telephone number. 

The Medical Center’s faculty practice, Long Beach Group Practice, formerly located at 761 Franklin Blvd., has reopened and is now located at 206 West Park Ave. Their phone number is 544-2100. Staffed by Internal Medicine and Family Medicine physicians, the practice is currently seeing patients on a walk in and by appointment basis. 

We recognize the critical importance of reopening the Medical Center’s Counseling Center, FACTS and Methadone Maintenance program as quickly as possible. We are currently working with State agencies to locate suitable temporary space on Long Beach Island for these programs. 

“We want to assure community residents that the staff of Long Beach Medical Center is hard at work to reopen the Hospital and the Komanoff Center for Geriatric and Rehabilitative Medicine as quickly as possible,” said Douglas Melzer, CEO. “We anticipate The Komanoff Center to reopen in three weeks and the Hospital in approximately three months.”

The above information was provided by Long Beach Medical Center.

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paz5559 December 05, 2012 at 09:38 AM
So now, should a Long Beach resident have a heart attack, rather than a 5 minute drive to LBMC, it will take 20 minutes to get to SNCH. Reprehensible.
jon feiler December 05, 2012 at 11:38 AM
As of this moment, Long Beach and the barrier island no longer have an emergency care unit in place. Shame on everyone who dropped the ball on this one. Any and all cardiac arrest patients are going to be transported out of town.
paz5559 December 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I contacted Senator Skelo's office Monday AM to try and reverse this, and they were terrific, contacting the Governor's staff, Director of the health Dept, as well as local officials (although unfortunately without success). On the other hand, Assemblyman Wiesenberg didn't even bother to respond to my request for assistance regarding this. I personally will remember his lack of concern the next time he comes up for re-election.
jon feiler December 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Schumer and King visited for a photo op, two hrs later DOH ordered it closed. Don't knock Harvey, aolt of people were involved with this. And it takes an hour now to get to South Nassau, due to the displaced LBers living in Oceanside. The press isn't doing a great job on this one.

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