Local response to Newsday’s Promotion Of South Nassau’s Poll


From Beach to Bay Civic :

Long Beach Barrier Island and Island Park residents are NOT satisfied with South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Proposal

Newsday article “Long Beach care OK: Poll” (Tuesday, January 19) was important as it can serve as the foundation for further discussion and planning.

 Beach to Bay Civic appreciates the questions that were asked; however, two very significant population groups were not included in the survey: 1) the very vulnerable and fragile nursing home population constituting 5% of the total barrier island; and 2) the summer influx of visitors which nearly doubles the population in need of health care. At the same time, several key questions were not asked, skewing the results and offering an incomplete view of the real needs and priorities of the residents… Of the 20 questions on the SNCH survey, 8 related to a Primary Care Physician, 3 pertained to Emergency Room, 4 were demographic questions, and only two questions asked about a Hospital. . No questions were asked about transportation difficulties, and there were no questions related to the problems of chronic disease such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease. 

Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Long Beach barrier island Hospital! Based on our discussion with various community groups, businesses and elected officials there is a recurring theme: Long Beach needs a Hospital – we presently have over a thousand petitions signed that express this need.
South Nassau’s survey is incomplete and inadequate. Here are some questions we think need to be asked:
– Emergency Room Capabilities: The new Emergency Room cannot accept ambulances with patients who have any of 9 medical conditions, including trauma, stroke, active labor and isolated hip fractures. Ambulances are required to bring these patients to either Oceanside or elsewhere. Are you satisfied with that level of medical care?
– Hospital Beds: South Nassau proposes to have no Hospital beds on Long Beach, requiring Hospitalization at their Oceanside Hospital. Do you believe that medical care for you or your family would be best served at a Long Beach Hospital or an Oceanside Hospital?
– Medical Pavilion: South Nassau has proposed a $40 million Medical Arts Pavilion to be built on the site of the former Long Beach Medical Center. The proposed Pavilion can treat patients who require dialysis, occupational therapy, behavioral problems (psychiatric and drug problems) and office space, but not include any Hospital beds. This means procedures requiring Hospital beds must be completed either in Oceanside or elsewhere. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposed level of medical care?

– Loss of Doctors: Long Beach has lost almost half of its primary care physicians since Sandy, since Doctors tend to conduct business where there is a Hospital. Has this loss of Long Beach doctors affected your level of medical care? Is this a worrisome problem for you?
– Travel impact: Will your medical care be negatively impacted if the only Hospital facility is located in Oceanside or another site off the barrier island? Does the fact that you must travel to Oceanside to obtain hospital care constitute a difficult or impossible burden for you?


– FEMA Funds: FEMA has approved over $150 million to “rebuild an essential facility at the former Long Beach Medical Center site”. The South Nassau proposal only plans to spend $40 million on the Long Beach site, with the $100 million balance spent at the South Nassau Oceanside site. Do you think your level of medical care is best served by a Hospital in Long Beach or Oceanside? Do you think that this is a fair and responsible use of your tax dollars?*


[*The reason we believe these survey questions are needed is that South Nassau’s own research highlights these problems).


We also believe it is necessary for South Nassau to involve the community to a greater degree in proposals and planning. Last week South Nassau had 30 community representatives listen to a “preliminary Community Health Needs Assessment”. The meeting was beneficial, since it presented important information regarding our community’s health needs and enabled some questions to be asked. However, this was far different from having the community involved in planning its own health care future and having any say in the spending of its tax dollars.

South Nassau was asked by the community leaders to make available their slides, financial models, survey results, and raw data, but they have not agreed to do so.
This request for transparency would go a long way in improving the understanding and support for proposals, and might result in improved recommendations.
Bottom line: the barrier island Civics do agree that surveys and community discussions are desirable and beneficial. However, South Nassau needs to focus on issues important to the community, and involve the community in planning and decision-making.
Together is always better!

Thank you.
Barbara Bernardino, President 

Ed Glister, Project Manager 

Dr. Marty Gruber, Director of Research 

Phyllis Libutti, Vice President 


Groundswell Support For a New Hospital


A new, nonpartisan movement has begun from Beach to Bay Central Council (BBCC), that seeks a full-service hospital for Long Beach.

Right now, all emergencies are being transported out of town, adding 20-30 minutes to arrive at the nearest hospital. This adds a huge risk to all of us in emergencies where seconds count, and strains our first responders who are stretched thin and cannot return for the next emergency for up to several hours.

Speaking to me for them is BBCC member and Lido Homes Civic Association President Darlene Haut.

“We think people don’t realize how at risk they are without an ER Hospital. We are working so hard on this issue because we truly believe that if we get an ER Hospital reopened we will be saving someone’s life.”

Meet Beach to Bay Central Council. From their literature:

“The Beach to Bay Central Council [BBCC] was created to serve as a centralized resource for the various neighborhoods civic associations on Long Beach Island. We will promote the civic and general welfare of the residents in this area, to promote and encourage improvements in the community, to stimulate the interest of the residents of Long Beach Island in civic affairs; and to do all things legal, convenient or necessary to carry out these purposes.”

“Who buys the assets is not our concern as long as they reopen a hospital.  We don’t want it sold to real estate developers. We don’t want it sold to another hospital entity that will just open an urgent care (doc in box) in Long Beach and not give us a hospital with an Emergency Room. If they only give us an Emergency Room (without a hospital), its doomed to fail financially and we risk losing it… we need an ER Hospital” she said.
I agree.

I feel this is a movement I can get behind because it represents the interests of our lives as residents here on the barrier beach to the only things that count to everyone here- access to quality care, here,  and use of public funds for the public benefit.

BBCC are a civic association (residents representing residents) with all members from the area, representing the public interest.
You can find and sign their petition by clicking here:  Long Beach NY Needs Our Hospital to Reopen

the flyer for the Beach to Bay Central Council forum

the flyer for the Beach to Bay Central Council forum

They are holding an open forum for all residents and urge you to attend at Lindell School on Monday March 24, 2014 (see flyer)
you can find their flyer for the forum by clicking here

The group want to “get the word out, educate, get signatures on the petition, and coordinate the public forum on March 24th at Lindell.

“We are trying to get everyone on the same page so our politicians can hear a loud voice from this barrier island and ultimately (reopen) an ER Hospital in Long Beach.” Ms Haut said.

Army Corps Final Draft Plan Presentation

Cover image of draft plan presentation  from US Army Corps of Engineers

Cover image of draft plan presentation from US Army Corps of Engineers

Follow up from last Thursday’s presentation in Long Beach.
I couldn’t make it and I am to take it no one else did? Please let us know if you did and if there is any information we need to know.

The City of Long Beach posted today the US Army Corps of Engineers final plan presentation for the barrier island project from Jones Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet, Long Beach Barrier Island. That’s us.

Find the presentation here: US Army Corps of Engineers Atlantic Coast of Long Island, Jones Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet…

Long Beach City Council Votes on Army Corps Plan

what's left of the Long Beach, NY boardwalk at Lincoln Blvd

Taken right afdter Sandy, what’s left of the Long Beach, NY boardwalk at Lincoln Blvd- youre not supposed to be able to see the boats out there! The New Dunes will reach up to about 1 foot below the level of the boardwalk

The Long Beach City Council did vote on the Army Corps of Engineers Plan to Repair and Restore the Long Beach Barrier Island’s beaches, dunes and jetties(groins).

Yes, Unanimous Vote to proceed with the 150 milion dollar plan, which Senator Chuck Schumer has assured will be fully funded.

Thank you to the Long Beach City Council for taking this step forward!   

Maybe we can all start working together again, realizing we are all integrally interrelated when it comes to protecting ourselves, our houses, businesses and infrastructure.   So many of us work together and support eachother outside the political sphere, its great that this previously devisive issue has been put to rest.  

You can read about it here: Newsday: $150M Long Beach plan takes step forward