For Immediate Release
Damian J. Becker, Manager of Media Relations
November 8, 2013
South Nassau Awarded Grant to Establish, Operate
Urgent Care Center for Long Beach Residents
Oceanside, NY – South Nassau Communities Hospital was recently awarded a $6.6 million grant to
establish and operate a comprehensive urgent care center on the Long Beach Medical Center campus that will
provide vital healthcare services to the residents of the City of Long Beach and surrounding communities.
South Nassau was one of 464 healthcare and human service providers and other community-based
organizations to be awarded a grant through the New York State Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block
A total of $200 million in federal funding was made available for repair, renovation and rebuilding of
health care, mental health, child care and other social services facilities; unreimbursed expenses resulting from the
storm, and for ongoing social, health and mental health services for storm impacted communities.
Richard J. Murphy, President and CEO of South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH), said: “I thank
(New York) Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) for the Social Services Block
grant funding that will assist South Nassau in its commitment to helping meet the health care needs of its
residents that were impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. In particular, this will allow South Nassau
to further its commitment to the residents of Long Beach to provide urgent care services to the community.
South Nassau Communities Hospital looks forward to continuing its work with the Long Beach Medical Center
and the NYS Department of Health in fulfilling this goal.”
The $6.6 million grant will be used by South Nassau to cover the expenses for staff, clinical services,
equipment, supplies and other costs associated with the start-up and operation of the urgent-care facility. The
urgent care center will provide treatment and triage for a wide array of urgent medical conditions. Plans for the
center also include the provision of ambulatory care with subspecialty backup supported through an integrated
information technology system connecting the urgent care center to the main South Nassau campus in
In addition, laboratory and radiology imaging services will be provided on-site. Care will be provided on
a walk-in basis, with no appointments required. Patients who are assessed as in need of emergency care or
hospitalization will be transported to South Nassau or the hospital of their choice via on-site ambulance services.
The award of this grant will also allow for studies which will assist in the long term redevelopment of the
Long Beach Medical Center campus. This includes a complete physical assessment of the facility with the
assistance of commercial engineers and architects to ascertain the substantial infrastructure damage to the facility
and building systems as a result of Sandy. This is vital to developing a long range master facility plan for the
redevelopment of Long Beach Medical Center.
South Nassau® Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than
900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit
teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain
management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers,
South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with the
Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by
the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American
College of Surgeons and is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality
Improvement Program. For more information, visit www.southnassau.org.
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