Civic groups: No public forum held on fate of Long Beach Medical Center

Civic groups say the New York State Department of Health did not ask for the public’s input into its plan to convert Long Beach Medical

Long Beach Medical Center has been closed since

Long Beach Medical Center has been closed since Superstorm Sandy and filed for bankruptcy protection in February. Nearby South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside would like to purchase the facility, but not as a fully functional hospital. (Credit: News 12)

LONG BEACH - Civic groups say the New York State Department of Health did not ask for the public’s input into its plan to convert Long Beach Medical Center to an urgent care center.

Long Beach Medical Center has been closed since Superstorm Sandy and filed for bankruptcy protection in February. Nearby South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside would like to purchase the facility, but not as a fully functional hospital. It would like to maintain an emergency room for 911 calls and an urgent care center at the facility.

Attorney Francis McQuade says the health department may have violated state law by not having a public meeting 30 days after the hospital was closed. He pointed to a section of the public health law that says, "the commissioner shall hold a public community forum for the purpose of obtaining public input."

Civic groups have sent a letter to the health department demanding answers as to why they did not have a say in the hospital proceedings. Civic leader Barbara Bernardino hopes the state will require a fully functioning hospital be reopened.

Calls for comment from News 12 to the New York State Department of Health and Long Beach Medical Center were not returned.

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Suffolk police say a body was found behind 1 Police: Body found behind auto parts store
Immigrant advocates are calling for law enforcement agencies 2 Immigrant advocates ask officials not to work with ICE
Photography students at Lynbrook High School are refinishing 3 Students refinish old photos submitted by the community
The school district says the candy made the 4 Sachem SD: 6 students hospitalized after eating potentially laced candy
Robert Crumb, 44, pleaded not guilty to second-degree 5 Man pleads not guilty to stabbing wife to death in Bethpage

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

The center was badly damaged during Sandy. Long Beach Med. Center may not reopen until March

Sandy wreaked such intense havoc on the Long Beach Medical Center that it may not

The hospital has been closed since Sandy. Long Beach Medical Center struggling to reopen

Officials say the last hospital that is still closed because of Sandy is struggling to

Concerned Long Beach residents have collected more than Residents urge reopening of Long Beach Medical Center

Residents are calling on the state to reopen the Sandy-damaged Long Beach Medical Center. Repairs

Demonstrators in Long Beach sprawled out on the Protesters hold 'die-in' at hospital

Demonstrators in Long Beach sprawled out on the sidewalk today in feigned death poses to

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE