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Letter: Save The Hospital

Many of you may have heard North Shore LIJ Health System plans to close all but the Emergency Room and Ambulatory Services at Glen Cove Hospital in 2014. It is impractical to have an Emergency Room without a place to admit patients if they need to stay overnight. We believe North Shore-LIJ’s ultimate plan is to close all of Glen Cove Hospital but their management knows the community will strongly react if they proposed that initially.

 

Their alleged reason for closing Glen Cove Hospital is under utilization. The daily average of 90 patients quoted by NSUH-LIJ spokesmen, Terry Lyman in Tuesday’s Newsday misrepresented the number of patients in Glen Cove Hospital. Today’s census at Glen Cove Hospital is 160 patients, not 90 as Mr. Lyman states. The summer is generally a low point for hospital in-patient volume.

 

The real reason as is everything in life is financial. North Shore-LIJ wants to move the profitable parts of Glen Cove Hospital (Orthopedic Surgery, Rehabilitation and Psychiatry) to their other hospitals in hopes of making them larger and more profitable. Who would come this far north for an Emergency Room if they have to then be immediately transferred to another facility?

 

The effect of closing the hospital in our community will be devastating to the local economy of Glen Cove and the surrounding areas.

 

Fortunately, the Health Department’s approval is required before they can decertify the hospital beds and you can help by voicing your disapproval to our government officials.

 

Please sign the petition to Michael Dowling, which can be found at Change.org and write to Nirav R. Shah, M.D. in the NYS Department of Health, Corning Tower Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237 and your representatives in Albany.

 

Amy Berman