help ease the suffering of Queens and Long Island citizens ravaged by
the violence of Hurricane Sandy, the North Shore-LIJ Health System has
launched “Project Coastal Care”—a mobile medical van that is setting up
shop in Broad Channel, Long Beach and other communities in need of
immediate, short-term health care services.
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effort is being spearheaded by Maria Carney, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s
director of community-based geriatrics and former Nassau County health
The mobile van, one of only six in the New York City/Long
Island area, is working in conjunction with the New York State
Department of Health to treat a variety of conditions, including: upper
respiratory infections, asthma exacerbations, anxiety, minor lacerations
or puncture wounds, prescription refills, hypertension, flu and tetanus
vaccinations and diabetes management.
Shore-LIJ has been providing free medical care at the mobile van since
mid-November, when the health system’s medical team began visiting Broad
Channel, Queens. The van is currently going to Long Beach
on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
The medical van is staffed by a doctor, a physician’s assistant and nurse, as well as an administrator and a driver. Be a Follower. Explore and subscribe to Patch groups.
is truly a humanitarian effort. For the people who live in these
decimated communities, the medical infrastructure is almost
non-existent,” said Dr. Carney. “We’re fulfilling our mission to serve
these storm-ravaged communites.”
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