LONG BEACH - A nearly $4 million urgent care center opened Monday in Long Beach.
The barrier island has not had a major medical facility since Superstorm Sandy. Long Beach Hospital closed after being badly damaged by the storm.
The urgent care center will have 10 exam rooms and two procedure rooms, as well as an X-ray and an ultrasound machine.
The care center, which is actually five modular trailers put together, is not acting as an emergency room. Long Beach residents who dial 911 will still be taken to South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside.
Damian Becker, with South Nassau Hospital, called the urgent care facility a “first step” for the area.
“We hope we are going to be able to get, with state approval, permission to transfer it into a 911 receiving facility,” said Becker.
A spokesman for South Nassau Communities Hospital says it hopes to get state approval to receive 911 patients by the end of the year.
Members of the Beach to Bay Civic Association say the only safe solution for resident of Long Beach is a fully-functional hospital.