May 29, 2013
LIJ May Open Summer Clinic on Fire Island
By CANDICE RUUD
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System could have a satellite office on Fire Island as early as July.
Ocean Beach officials, at a May 11 board meeting in Islip, announced that they were in talks with the Lake Success-based hospital system to bring an immediate care center to the village for the summer.
A spokesman for North Shore-LIJ confirmed that the health care system is scheduled to open a medical center there that would be open daily between May and September, during the village's busy months.
The office would be equipped to treat "non-life-threatening injuries and illness" and would be staffed by a physician.
The Ocean Beach immediate care center would not have the "same level of equipment" as an urgent care center, North Shore-LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam said. "If there's more serious care that would be needed, the idea would be to get the patients off the island to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore," he said.
Lynam said details, including services provided and hours of operation, are being finalized. Ocean Beach clerk-treasurer Steve Brautigam said earlier this month that the village would be paid $1,000 in rent by North Shore-LIJ, which would include the use of a second-floor suite at village hall.
Lynam said he could not disclose the financial details of the agreement since the plan is being finalized.
Brautigam said that in the past Ocean Beach has hosted a group of doctors and nurses who operate seasonally out of a village office, but that they did not pay rent to the village, and he decided to end his agreement with them this year.