As almost everyone is aware, there are major changes underway in the way health care is delivered and financed. The scope of this transformation is national, regional and local. No entity, hospital or healthcare organization can avoid the impact of these developments, whether we like them or not. Without the need for elaboration, this is the relevant context of our ongoing discussions about the current circumstance and future plans for Glen Cove Hospital. The following is intended to provide further clarity with regard to Glen Cove and builds on our previous discussions. I have divided the following into two components: A). a general contextual overview, and B). a description of how Glen Cove Hospital will continue to serve the needs of the community.
Once again, Glen Cove’s mayor has demonstrated a proclivity to put partisan politics ahead of community interests. In fact, despite the mayor’s “go-it-alone” manner and his refusal to include other city officials, including Councilman Tony Gallo and me, in discussions with hospital officials, I nevertheless managed to receive a full, detailed description of the hospital’s plan to continue servicing Glen Cove’s health care needs in a fiscally responsible way. I had asked them to addresses a variety of concerns I had received from members of the community. A copy of the letter sent to me by Michael Dowling, President and CEO of North Shore-LIJ, can be read in its entirety at http://www.reggiespinelloformayor.com.
Add my voice, and that of my 91-year-old mom, to the growing chorus of opposition to the proposed gutting of Glen Cove Hospital.
I was born there. My dad died there. My mom has received post-stroke care---twice---in its ER, ICU, and rehab facility. Many years ago, as a young housewife, she and other women went door-to-door to collect money to help get this hospital started.
It is naive to believe we can retain Glen Cove Hospital as we have known it. The politicians know this. Accordingly, I won’t be signing any petitions or attending rallies. The economic models that allowed us to have the best healthcare services in the world are no longer viable under government controlled Obamacare. The healthcare corporations and insurance companies have been, and will continue to adapt as the changes mandated by Obamacare are implemented over the next several years. Streamlining, consolidation, and relocation of services are necessary options so that quality of healthcare can be maintained.
A response to comments from Mr. Langley, Co-President, Montclair Hotel
I usually am very careful in doing my research and when necessary seek opinion from a legal professional before putting pen to paper. Hence, it is with total confidence that I repeat my original statement that the Mansion Was Not Saved. As a general statement of law, a property owner cannot be stopped from demolishing a building he owns. As per the Declaration of Easements, Restrictions and Covenants, if they demo the original historic building, any reconstruction must be “in kind” to match the appearance and character of the original structure. Alternatively, if the building were to be demolished or destroyed and not restored, that would trigger the transfer to the city of Area C (the contributory grounds), because the uses of the historic building would have ceased for one year. Mr. Langley also claims that this preservation plan will preserve the commercial tax base. The simple fact is by law, schools are permitted as of right in an R-1 District and houses of worship are allowed by special permit. With that being said there is no preserving of the commercial tax revenue with this subdivision. Perhaps Mr. Langley should look at his business model rather than having the city compromise our green belt for answers. Why take aim at me, I’m only the messenger.
I’ve lived in this area for over 35 years, more than half of which I spent as a Glen Cove resident. I first moved to Glen Cove right when those ridiculous eyesores of parking garages on Brewster Street were going up. I was here to watch the construction of the two completely out of place office buildings that were needed in order to attach something to the garages that should never have been erected in the first place. I was around when Village Square – an astonishingly inept attempt to revitalize a failing downtown – got built. So far as anyone can remember, there has never been a moment in time when Village Square has been fully occupied, but it’s hard to forget that one business after another has failed in that location. Like so many other projects approved by politicians, it never fit with the theme of Glen Cove’s downtown any more than those depressing office buildings attached to the dumb garages ever did.
I pay attention to Nassau County politics. I care about the place where my family and neighbors live. I see all the headlines - NIFA took over, they have the county employees suing for breaking contracts. Did I mention the police precinct closures?
The field of healthcare is rapidly evolving. Changing reimbursement patterns and a renewed focus on preventive services has already resulted in the reduction of in-patient hospital services. This has been a huge issue for Long Islanders – one that will become greater as changes in the healthcare market are accelerated by the Affordable Care Act.
An example of this evolution was the recent decision by the North Shore-LIJ Health System to convert Glen Cove Hospital into an ambulatory center with no beds for in-patient care. Glen Cove Hospital has long been the cornerstone health care facility for the North Shore community, and needs to remain open and active for both out- and in-patient services. Although representatives from the North Shore Hospital system have been willing to discuss the issue with concerned physicians, they will not guarantee they won’t seek to decertify in-patient beds. While North Shore-LIJ may be experiencing fiscal pressure due to current healthcare economics and its recent spate of acquisitions (including Lenox Hill Hospital), the system must understand that its number one goal must be to ensure quality healthcare for the communities it serves.
From the moment the news broke that North Shore LIJ was downsizing its Glen Cove campus by closing its inpatient facility, we have heard from many residents who are fearful at the prospect of not having a nearby hospital that runs at full capacity. I assure you that we share your concerns.
As your City Councilmen, and most of all lifelong Glen Cove residents, we have spent countless hours worried about the impact the inpatient closure will have on Glen Cove’s fragile economy. Can North Shore LIJ live up to their promise to preserve each job by placing employees in other facilities? How will each employee deal with being displaced?
How do we address the fears of Glen Cove’s growing senior population as it relates to being transported to other facilities instead of being able to stay near their home and families? Will there be any inpatient beds and, if so, how many?
It was an honor to be recognized at this year’s National Night Out hosted by the city of Glen Cove and the Glen Cove Police department. I would like to thank the police department and Chief of Police Bill Whitton, Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Congressman Steve Israel, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, Senator Carl Marcellino and County Comptroller George Maragos for their kind words, awards and citations.
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