To Our Neighbors

Update on Demolition Activities at the Site of Our Long Beach Campus
November 18, 2015

Dear Residents of Long Beach & the barrier Island:

The start and projected completion dates of the demolition and deconstruction of the Central, Founders, and East buildings have been changed due to the weather and various administrative requirements due to local, state and federal rules. The bulk demolition of the Founder’s building began on November 3, 2015, and we expect to complete the deconstruction of the Founders and East buildings by the end of the year. The Central building demolition should be completed by February 2016.

Prior to the start of the demolition, noise, dust and vibration levels were monitored by an independent third‐party firm, and a baseline was established. The third‐party firm will continue to monitor the noise, dust and vibration levels throughout the deconstruction of the buildings.

Explosives or wrecking balls are not being used; rather, the buildings are being dismantled in the cleanest, quietest methods possible to ensure minimal impact from dust, noise and vibration.

Debris is regularly removed and transported to the demolition contractor’s facility for sorting, separation and disposal in accordance with all legal and regulatory requirements. Work will not be conducted on the site in observance of Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26 ‐ Friday, November 27; Christmas, Thursday, December 24 ‐ Friday, December 25, and New Year's Day, January 1, 2016.

Regarding other projects in the area, the Town of Hempstead is planning to install a boat ramp near the South Nassau Emergency Department in Long Beach to facilitate transfer of patients in need of medical attention who arrive by boat. Also, an independent healthcare needs assessment, based on discharge and other data, as well as input from residents and civic leaders, is in progress and will help us determine which services are most needed on the barrier island.

We thank you for your patience as we work to fulfill our ongoing mission to provide you, your neighbors and our South Shore communities with the highest‐quality health services.

Sincerely,
Gail Carlin, M.S.
Director of Community Relations
(516) 377-5370



Update on the Long Beach Emergency Department
July 23, 2015


Dear Residents of Long Beach and the barrier Island:

South Nassau Communities Hospital would like to update you on our activities on the site of our Long Beach campus. We are pleased to report that we have cleared a key regulatory hurdle that will help pave the way for the opening of the Emergency Department in Long Beach at 325 E. Bay Drive. The federal government has granted a one-year waiver that will allow us to operate with the emergency backup electrical system in place that we installed with the approval of the state as part of an $8-million upgrade of the facility. Once we obtain an additional certification from the New York State Department of Health to utilize an on-site lab at the Long Beach facility, we will be able to open as a 9-1-1 receiving Emergency Department. We hope that final regulatory approval will be forthcoming soon.

In the meantime, we will continue to operate the facility as an Urgent Care Center and we invite you to visit for all non-life threatening concerns. Regarding the demolition of buildings on the Long Beach Medical Campus, the Central, East and Founders buildings of the former Long Beach Medical Center are currently in the process of abatement. When the abatement process is completed, the path will be cleared for demolition of these buildings to begin. We expect that demolition activity will begin on or about July 27. The demolition of buildings will begin on the east end of the campus and move west; the process is expected to be completed in the Fall. The Main and West buildings will remain standing.

  • A storm water management protection plan (SWPP) for drainage and erosion control has been filed with the City of Long Beach.
  • This is a required step by the State and ensures that proper steps are taken to control and filter water runoff from the site.
  • Prior to this demolition, noise, dust and vibration will be monitored by an independent third-party firm, and a baseline will be established.
  • During the demolition, the third-party firm will continue to survey/monitor noise, dust and vibration.
  • Explosives or wrecking balls will not be used, to ensure that the buildings will be dismantled in the cleanest, quietest methods possible.
  • Debris from the site will be regularly removed and transported to the demolition contractor’s facility for sorting, separation and disposal in accordance with all legal and regulatory requirements.

Our longer-range plan to further enhance services in Long Beach includes construction of a two-story, 30,000-square-foot Medical Arts Pavilion on the grounds of the former Long Beach Medical Center. The pavilion is planned to house a permanent Emergency Department and, pending a needs analysis and subsequent approval from the State Department of Health, other medical services such as dialysis, family medicine, an ambulatory surgery center, physical rehab center and behavioral health center. We are confident that the Medical Arts Pavilion can help to more fully address residents’ health care needs.

Our commitment to Long Beach and the barrier island communities is stronger than ever. We appreciate your comments and suggestions, and look forward to continuing our dialogue with you about how best to fulfill our mission to provide quality health care services to Long Beach and the other South Shore communities we serve.

South Nassau is an award-winning hospital with more than 3,000 employees, many of whom are local residents. We are known for nursing excellence, as recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center; superior women’s health services as recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review; and overall quality as recognized by The Joint Commission.
South Nassau is your hospital, and we are here to serve you. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Richard Murphy
President & CEO
South Nassau Communities Hospital


Update to Long Beach Medical Campus Neighbors
May 18, 2015


Dear Long Beach Neighbor:

The demolition project taking place on the campus of the former Long Beach Medical Center, which also includes four hospital-owned properties located near the former medical center’s campus at 405, 416, 420, 426, and 430 East Bay Drive, was delayed while necessary paperwork was obtained to complete the property disposition process, but mobilization of the contractor's demolition team is slated to begin May 18, with demolition expected to begin May 22, conditions permitting. The aforementioned hospital-owned properties will be the first to be demolished.

The entire demolition project is expected to require about 165 work days to complete.

Each phase of the demolition is being preceded by a complete abatement of each structure to remove all asbestos, lead, paint and mercury containing materials such as exterior siding, roof shingles, tar paper, pipe wrap and interior floor tiles. The abatement will be approved by the New York State Department of Labor (DOL). As required by the DOL, air monitoring will also be performed, by a third-party company.

South Nassau officials are working closely with the City of Long Beach and regulatory agencies on this project.

Debris from the properties will be removed via Lincoln Blvd. to Harrison St., then right on Long Beach Rd.  Residents can expect some construction noise during work hours as building materials are crushed or hauled away to a recycling facility. The contractor will follow the City’s noise and work ordinances for its work schedule. Work is initially expected to take place Monday - Friday, but this schedule may be expanded as necessary, to complete the work in a timely manner.

To stay abreast of the latest updates on the demolition, the Urgent Care Center’s transition to an off-campus Emergency Department and more, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook at our South Nassau Urgent Care at Long Beach page. You can also obtain information through this page. However, the best option for receiving updates most quickly is by adding your e-mail address to our contact list. To sign up, send an e-mail to information@snch.org and be sure to include your name in the body of the e-mail. In the subject line, please write “Add to Long Beach Contact List.”

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that may be helpful; please go to www.southnassaulongbeach.org to review. For more information, call me or Damian Becker in South Nassau Communities Hospital’s External Affairs Office, at (516) 377-5370.

We thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work to fulfill our ongoing mission to provide you, your neighbors and our South Shore communities with the highest-quality health services.

Sincerely,
Gail Carlin
Director of Community Relations
(516) 377-5370


Notice to Long Beach Neighbors
May 5, 2015


Dear Long Beach Neighbor:

The upgrade and expansion of our Urgent Care Center on East Bay Drive to an off-campus, 9-1-1 receiving emergency services department is underway and on track for completion by July 1.

Meanwhile, South Nassau Communities Hospital is preparing to begin demolition of the Central, Founders and East buildings of the former Long Beach Medical Center, which has been shuttered since Superstorm Sandy.

Slated to start May 11, the demolition project also includes four hospital-owned properties located near the former medical center’s campus at 405, 416, 420, 426, and 430 East Bay Drive. These structures will be the first to be demolished. This project is a continuation of South Nassau’s mission to restore high-quality healthcare services to the residents of Long Beach and the barrier island. The demolition work is expected to require about 165 work days to complete.

The demolition is being preceded by a complete abatement of each structure to remove all asbestos, lead, paint and mercury containing materials such as exterior siding, roof shingles, tar paper, pipe wrap and interior floor tiles. The abatement will be approved by the New York State Department of Labor (DOL). As required by the DOL, air monitoring will also be performed, by a third-party company.  The Central, Founders and East buildings have already been cleared of all equipment and furniture.

South Nassau officials have been working closely with the City of Long Beach and regulatory agencies on this project. Cranes equipped with grapple claws will be the primary machinery used for the demolition of the Central, Founders and East buildings. To reduce dust from the use of machinery and construction vehicles, properties will be dampened during the work. A portion of E. Bay Street, between Lincoln and Franklin Blvds, is closed to vehicular traffic as part of the demolition plan.

Debris from the properties will be removed via Lincoln Blvd. to Harrison St., then right on Long Beach Rd.  Residents can expect some construction noise during work hours as building materials are crushed or hauled away to a recycling facility. The contractor will follow the City’s noise ordinance for its work schedule. Work will occur Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 7:00pm.

To stay abreast of the latest updates on the demolition, the Urgent Care Center’s transition to an off-campus Emergency Department and more, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook at our South Nassau Urgent Care at Long Beach page. You can also obtain information at www.southnassaulongbeach.org, using the “In the Community” tab. However, the best option for receiving updates most quickly is by adding your e-mail address to our contact list. To sign up, send an e-mail to information@snch.org and be sure to include your name in the body of the e-mail. In the subject line, please write “Add to Long Beach Contact List.”

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that may be helpful; please go to www.southnassaulongbeach.org to review. For more information, call me or Damian Becker in South Nassau Communities Hospital’s External Affairs Office, at (516) 377-5370.

We thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work to fulfill our ongoing mission to provide you, your neighbors and our South Shore communities with the highest-quality health services.

Sincerely,
Gail Carlin
Director of Community Relations
(516) 377-5370


Long Beach Information Session
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The public is invited to South Nassau’s Information Day on March 18th at the Long Beach Hotel to learn about plans to provide additional health care services on the barrier island, including a 9-1-1 off-campus emergency department to be located at what is currently the Long Beach Urgent Care Center. Our experts will be on hand from noon to 6 pm on this day for informal, one-on-one discussions with interested residents.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Time: Noon – 6 p.m.
Location: Long Beach Hotel
405 East Broadway, Long Beach, NY 11561

Handouts at the information session will include an explanation of FEMA Funding & South Nassau Communities Hospital (click here to download) as well as a session Q&A (click here to download).


Notice to Long Beach Neighbors
December 8, 2014

Dear Long Beach Neighbor:

As you know, South Nassau Communities Hospital has completed its purchase of the assets of the former Long Beach Medical Center. Our goal is to keep you apprised of the hospital's activities in the area, and you will be receiving communication from us as work progresses to improve the hospital campus and, in turn, your neighborhood.

You have probably noticed that we are working diligently to effect positive change on the Long Beach campus. Part of that change involves the demolition of several hospital-owned properties on State Street, Lincoln Boulevard and Franklin Boulevard.

On December 15, 2014, South Nassau will begin the abatement phase for the demolition of these properties. We expect the abatement work to take approximately one week, with work occurring daily from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and possibly including the weekend; no work will take place on holidays. Demolition of the properties will be made when the abatement is complete.

You may contact Gail Carlin, Director of Community Relations, at (516) 377-5370 with questions. We encourage you to stay informed of events happening on the Long Beach campus through the special web site we have built at www.southnassauLongbeach.org. The web site will always have the latest information, so you may wish to bookmark it in your web browser.

It is our ongoing mission to provide you and our South Shore communities with the highest-quality health services.

Sincerely,
The South Nassau Team


Court-Ordered Auction of LBMC Equipment to be Conducted
As ordered by the United States Bankruptcy court on behalf of the creditors of Long Beach Medical Center, an online auction of the medical and support equipment assets only, of the former Long Beach Medical Center, is being conducted on December 9-10, 2014. Proceeds of the auction are required to pay creditors of the former Long Beach Medical Center. While bidder access to the property is provided for inspection of the items, the auction will be conducted online. The auction is made solely by Great American Group, Inc; South Nassau Communities Hospital does not hold an interest in the auction, nor is it not conducted by, nor for the benefit of, South Nassau Communities Hospital.


South Nassau Meets with Lido, Long Beach Civic Groups
More than 40 residents representing the Lido Beach (Dunes) Civic Association, Beach-to-Bay Central Council, Lido Homes Civic Association and Town House Apartments at Lido Beach learned about South Nassau's new urgent care center in a recent discussion with Joshua Kugler, M.D., chair of South Nassau's Department of Emergency Medicine. Held in the Lido Elementary School Library, the meeting provided an indepth look at how South Nassau is bringing hospital-quality medical care back to the barrier island.


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