Glen Cove Hospital to Evolve into New Comprehensive Ambulatory Care Complex

July 30, 2013
Glen Cove Hospital to Become Ambulatory Care Facility
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North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System plans to get rid of inpatient beds at Glen Cove Hospital and turn it into an ambulatory care facility beginning next year.

North Shore-LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam said Monday that every attempt would be made to find jobs within the health system for the hospital's 1,200 employees, who were informed Monday of the plan, which is to take place beginning in January 2014.

"We hire 100 employees a week. We're pretty confident we'll be able to find a home for everybody," he said.

Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi said he planned to meet Tuesday with North Shore-LIJ officials to discuss the move.

"I don't want to get rid of inpatient beds," Suozzi said. "It's a critical asset not only to Glen Cove, but to the North Shore of Long Island -- not only for health services, but for jobs and the overall economics of the area."

Lynam said the ambulatory care facility would be "a very substantive center" that will include a 24-hour emergency room, ambulatory surgery, an outpatient cancer treatment center, medical offices, and a community health and outreach center.

Some programs, such as orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation and psychiatry, will be moved to other facilities, he said.

He said the decision to close the inpatient beds comes because of declining patient volumes and a change in the way hospitals will be reimbursed under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Suozzi said that he was concerned that nearby medical practices might move. "This is really a very big deal," Suozzi said. "Until I have all the facts, I will reserve final judgment."

Although the hospital is certified for 265 beds, the daily average number of patients has been 90, Lynam said.

Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals will be reimbursed less for each procedure or test -- called fee for service -- and more for managing the health and wellness of individuals.

"It's definitely the way to go," said Kevin Dahill, chief executive of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council. "I think it's very consistent with what we're seeing throughout the country, particularly with large health systems, which are reducing inpatient hospitals in favor of ambulatory centers and rededicating existing facilities."

Currently, Glen Cove doesn't treat trauma cases. Heart or stroke patients would be stabilized at Glen Cove and sent to another facility -- which often happens now, Lynam said, because the hospital doesn't have a cardiac catheterization unit.

Glen Cove has not had a maternity program since 2003 or a pediatrics program for "many years," Lynam said.

The state Department of Health has to approve the decertification of the beds.

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Glen Cove Hospital converting to outpatient facility by Claude Solnik
Published: July 30th, 2013

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System has confirmed it plans to convert Glen Cove Hospital to an ambulatory care center next year, although the facility would still house an emergency room.
A spokesman on Tuesday said the system is not shutting down the hospital, although it intends to transform it into an outpatient facility.

North Shore-LIJ still needs state approval for the transformation, although it doesn’t anticipate any objections.

“This is not a closure,” spokesman Terry Lynam said. “As part of this effort to stay ahead of the curve, we’re going to be repurposing Glen Cove Hospital into a robust outpatient medical complex in 2014.”
He said the plan involves “a substantial investment in outpatient services,” and that “the ER will anchor this new outpatient complex.”

The hospital, which employs about 1,200, will continue to employ several hundred of the existing staff. Others will be relocated to other North Shore-LIJ facilities.

“We hire about 1,000 people a week. We’ll do everything possible to find them other positions in the health system,” Lynam said. “We recognize that the community and our employees have strong emotional ties to Glen Cove Hospital. But this is the right decision to meet the current and future health needs of the community, preserve jobs and strengthen our financial stability.”

The system made the decision against the backdrop of low patient census at 265-bed hospital. Lynam said the hospital’s average daily population was about 90 patients, one-third of which are geriatric patients.
He said the facility will still include an around-the-clock full-service emergency department, community health outreach center, ambulatory surgery services, medical offices, imaging center and outpatient cancer services.
Glen Cove’s emergency department was recently ranked as among the best in patient satisfaction among hospitals nationwide, according to Press Ganey Associates, which evaluates hospital based on satisfaction.

The system plans to relocate Glen Cove’s orthopedic program to Syosset Hospital and its brain injury rehabilitation unit, orthopedic rehabilitation and hospital psychiatry program to other facilities.
This isn’t the first time North Shore-LIJ has transformed a hospital. The system in the mid 1990s converted Syosset Hospital into a minimally invasive surgical specialty and vision-care hospital with fewer than 100 inpatient beds.

“We have been successful in the past in transforming financially struggling hospitals,” he said.
The system plans to begin phasing out inpatient beds at Glen Cove Hospital in January.

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