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 


Residents Rally for a New Hospital


With the last hints of summer in the air on a sunny Sunday in the City of Long Beach, over 400 rallied at Kennedy Plaza to demand officials bring  a hospital back to Long Beach.

On Sunday October 26, 2014, Beach to Bay Central Council of Civic Associations brought together over a dozen local leaders who advocated for a new hospital.

Long Beach Medical Center was lost to Sandy. Since, a inexplicable bureaucratic nightmare has ensued, and ensured that Long Beach still remains without a hospital.

Dennis Ryan, Ph.D., current Long Beach School Board Trustee, pictured above, spoke of stewardship of the community. He said “It is important to pass on the community that we’ve received to the next generation”.

Rabbi Bennett Hermann, Temple Emanu-El said
“I’m amazed why we need these (“Long Beach Needs A Hospital”) signs. It was a bureaucratic and political” decision to close it.

Even though it is 2 years later and $170 million is in play for its return, that money was given with seemingly no real assurances of what will be rebuilt.

Beach to Bay’s Barbara Bernardino said “Millions of Sandy and FEMA dollars have been used. What do we have to show for all that?”

Concerns are running high that there is no requirement of South Nassau Communities Hospital to spend any of the money in Long Beach if they so choose. This seems to be true.

Eileen Libutti said “SNCH must use the allocated FEMA funds in Long Beach to open a hospital.”

Long Beach City Councilwoman Fran Adelson said “we need that money to be spent in Long Beach. If the bridge goes up, we all know how devastating that could be”

Councilwoman Eileen Goggin said “Now the sale is complete, SNCH must provide Long Beach with a full service hospital… And spend any and all funds here in Long Beach and nowhere else.”

Lido and Point Lookout Fire Commissioner Chas Thompson highlighted the dangers posed for residents when his ambulance travels the extra time all the way to Northern Oceanside. That round trip for their department has become nearly 2 hours of unavailability if a second call comes in.
“We need the burden off our first responders to get the proper care we need”

“These first responders have to have the tools to be successful” said Mark Tannenbaum Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. “Our elected officials must work with our city council to bring that hospital back”

Over 400 gathered at Kennedy Plaza

Over 400 gathered at Kennedy Plaza

Real Estate Agent Joe Sinnona spoke of the rumored plan for new luxury rentals and why that is not necessarily good for real estate: “Rentals and condos have people in them…who need hospitals. Governor Cuomo -open our hospital.”

Deborah Bernardino Arden
“It could be any one of us. Ambulances do not fly. What happens when the bridge is up?”

Barbara Bernardino summed up the sentiment of many residents: “if South Nassau cannot open a hospital here, return the money and move on.
It is only fair. The state has been a big part of the problem it’s time for them to be part of the solution”.

Kerry DiStefano of the PTA sums it up best: “We call on our elected officials to push through the red tape”.

Hospital Rally Today


Today, 10/26/14 at 2pm,

Residents are urged to join neighbors at Long Beach City Hall / Kennedy Plaza, wear red, bring signs and make sure the $170 million in FEMA funds is used to give our community back a full service hospital with 24/7 emergency room.


See you there!

Hospital or Urgent Care or?


This coming Sunday, October 26, 2014 there will be a Rally in front of Long Beach City Hall to call for a full service Hospital with 24 hour emergency room.

When: Sunday October 26, 2014 2pm
Where: Kennedy Plaza, Long Beach
Bring: Signs and wear red clothes

I just received this letter

We have just read in the October 16th Long Beach Herald about the latest developments regarding South Nausau Community Hospital’s plans for Long Beach Medical Center.

We find it difficult to believe that they intend to devote all the FEMA designated funds of [$170,000,000.00] for the restoration of Long Beach Medical facility. With this amount of money, should it not be possible to re-open a full fledged hospital in Long Beach of which the Urgent Care Center could be a part?

A hospital is badly needed in a city surrounded by water with a number of nursing homes, an aging population, and a population that grows substantially during the summer months.

– Jacob and Ruth Lebowitz

Long Beach City Council Letter to SNCH

copy of the letter Long Beach City council sent today to South Nassau Communities Hospital.

copy of the letter Long Beach City council sent today to South Nassau Communities Hospital.


see our post from earlier today: Beach To Bay: Long Beach City Council Must Act

In response to the campaign  from Beach to Bay Central Council of Civic Associations to please get the Long Beach City Council to pass a resolution Tuesday June 3, 2014, that demands a full service hospital return to Long Beach, the city today sent, published and posted a letter to the CEO of South Nassau Communities Hospital.

The letter asks the hospital to discuss their plans for Long Beach Medical Center. This is the link to it on the City website 

It also states they would like the $138 million, that the hospital seemingly got with no strings attached for Long Beach Medical Center,  to actually be spent there and not at their other facilities(can you freakin believe that !!)


Text of the letter:

June 2, 2014
Mr. Richard Murphy, CEO
South Nassau Communities Hospital
One Healthy Way
Oceanside, New York 11572
Dear Mr. Murphy:
Please be advised that the City Council, along with the City Manager, is hereby requesting a
meeting with you and the Board of Directors of South Nassau Communities Hospital to discuss
the next chapter in the re-opening of the Long Beach Medical Center.
The summer season is upon us, bringing tens of thousands of visitors to our community. The
need and desire for a functioning hospital with a 24 hour 911 Receiving Emergency Department
in the City of Long Beach is critical. Therefore, we are anxious to meet and to hear what plans
and progress has been made since your acquisition of the facility.
Further, we believe that it is imperative that all of the 138 million dollars provided through
FEMA goes directly into the rehabilitation of the future facility.
Please contact the Office of the City Manager as soon as possible in order to schedule a meeting.
We look forward to working with you in order to provide for the public safety, health and
welfare of the people of our community and the entire barrier island.
Very Truly Yours,
City of Long Beach City Council



Thank you to Anthony Eramo, who responded to our tweet today:

Sorry my impatience with this is showing.



The fight is still on to have the City Council pass a resolution.

Beach to Bay are asking everyone to attend the City Council Meeting and wear red Tuesday June 3,2014 to show support for a full service, 24/7 hospital with full emergency room.

Beach To Bay: Long Beach City Council Must Act


Beach to Bay Central Council of Civic Associations is asking Long Beach residents to please get the Long Beach City Council to pass a resolution at the City Council meeting Tuesday June 3, 2014, that demands a full service hospital return to Long Beach.

Can you believe the city council still hasn’t, as a body,  legally done this, even a stupid resolution passed???

This is the same City Council who were so offended and upset that a resident had said they had seemed not to act on this issue, back at the March Beach to Bay sponsored Hospital meeting. They were so upset that they forced retractions of that statement.

Then we got this wonderful update :

LB Herald: FEMA to release funds to South Nassau

that says even tough the whole $100 million asked for,  plus $42 million more, $142 million total going to South Nassau, STILL doesn’t guarantee us ANYTHING, even an emergency room that was already rebuilt and ready to reopen a year ago.

My rant in response to what is going on has been withheld for a different post. Please contact Long Beach City Council on behalf of Beach to Bay and call 431-1000 x 7200 to reach the members of the City Council.

Scott J. Mandel (City Council President)
Fran Adelson (City Council Vice President)
Athony Eramo (City Council Member)
Eileen J. Goggin (City Council Member)
Len Torres (City Council Member)

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