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South Nassau completes upgrade of off-campus emergency department

South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y., has completed an $8 million transformation and upgrade of its Long Beach Urgent Care Center to an off-campus emergency services department that will operate around the clock, according to a news release.
The department will be able to receive ambulances via the 9-1-1 system once final regulatory approvals have been obtained later this summer.
The upgrade was completed in less than three months, according to a release.
The rebuilt facility — which includes a three-bed observation unit and special treatment areas for infectious disease and behavioral health cases — reopened temporarily as an urgent care center July 1, pending final federal regulatory approval.
South Nassau has been working closely with the New York State Department of Health to open the ED in Long Beach, including obtaining final federal and state approvals of its application to operate, according to the release. Specifically, South Nassau is awaiting approval from the U.S. Centers of Medicare and Medicaid to allow South Nassau to operate the Long Beach ED using a newly installed emergency power backup system, according to the release.
In addition, proficiency testing is underway as part of the state certification process of an on-site lab that is required before the ED can open.
“This project was completed in record time,” said South Nassau President and CEO Richard J. Murphy. “We hope the Long Beach community will continue to use the Urgent Care Center while we undergo these additional regulatory reviews, which are required before we can open as a full-fledged, off-campus emergency department. Our goal is to open as an emergency department as soon as we are legally able to do so.”
A number of local elected officials, according to the release, have inspected the facility and expressed satisfaction with the renovation work.
“I have toured the new facility and am excited for what’s to come,” Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky said in the release. “Getting a 911-receiving emergency room open for this summer was at the top of my priority list when I took office. We are so very close to achieving this goal. I will be working every day with state and federal partners to expedite its opening.”

By | 2015-07-10T15:59:48-04:00 July 10th, 2015|Categories: New York/New Jersey Metro|0 Comments

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