LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Steps are being taken at last to replace a hospital in Long Beach, Long Island that was ruined by Superstorm Sandy.
But as CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, it will not be everything Long Beach residents are looking for. The plan calls for a state-of-the-art 24-hour emergency room, but it will be a medical site without beds.
Afterward, temporary military tents went up to treat city residents. They were replaced with a mobile emergency center, but plans to rebuilt were scuttled when the medical center went bankrupt.
Residents on the barrier island have been complaining all through that time that there is no hospital near their homes, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported. Red and white signs reading “Long Beach Must Have a HOSPITAL” can be seen all over.
Enter South Nassau Communities Hospital.
“This is the beginning of a process,” said Richard Murphy, vice president and chief executive officer of the South Nassau hospital. “We’d like to have a dialogue with the community over the next 12 months; really talk about what medical programs are necessary; what can be supported economically.”
But South Nassau, which also recently opened an urgent care center in Long Beach, said financially a full-fledged hospital will not work there.