Written by Joe Scotchie: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital has been chosen by the Village of Massapequa Park as the partner for the possible construction of a new urgent care facility in Massapequa.
The announcement was made on Thursday, March 29 after several months of negotiations. In addition to North Shore-LIJ, the village had also been in talks with Catholic Health Services.
“This has nothing to do with the quality of care,” Village of Massapequa Park Mayor James A. Altadonna told The Massapequan Observer. “We just felt North Shore was further along in developing the stand alone emergency room facility [we need].” Mayor Altadonna pointed to the fact the North Shore-LIJ is already developing a similar facility in Manhattan’s East Village.
The village must now receive the needed license from the New York State Department of Health Services before proceeding to a construction timetable.
That process may take some time, but Mayor Altadonna is confident such a license will be granted, since, he believes, it is apparent that with the closing of Brunswick Hospital in Amityville and Massapequa General, such a facility is needed.
The mayor is also confident that such a facility would not only be a boost to Massapequa Park, it could also serve as a model for similar areas nationwide where a population is underserved.
The facility, he said, would bring jobs to the Massapequa area. It would also provide ambulance services for those patients in need. “We are moving the Village of Massapequa Park forward,” the mayor concluded.
“LIJ is eager to work with local officials to move forward on solutions for improving emergency care in the area,” said Terry Lynam, a spokesman for North Shore-LIJ.
Ever since Brunswick Hospital in Amityville closed three years ago, village officials have been looking for a new facility to serve Massapequa area residents. The closest nearby hospitals that cater to urgent needs are Good Samaritan in Babylon and St. Joseph’s in Hempstead. But village officials consider those hospitals too far a distance for local patients.
In the meantime, both hospitals had performed due diligence studies on any new site. The village has also been assisted by both the offices of State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo (R – Merrick) and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto.
It is urgent care, specifically those cases concerning heart attacks and other life threatening situations that had sent village officials into action.
In January, Mayor Altadonna told The Massapequan Observer that the hospital village officials would like to see constructed in Massapequa would include an emergency room, an urgent care facility, and one equipped with the latest in diagnosis technology.
As important, the village, Mayor Altadonna added, is looking for a long-term commitment from the hospitals in question, namely a hospital that is willing to have a long-term partnership with the village in making such a hospital a long running success. And with the choice of North Shore-LIJ, he feels the village is off to a good start in achieving those goals.