Mobile Medical Van to Continue Visiting Sandy-Ravaged Communities Through August

GREAT NECK, NY – Recognizing that the health effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt by those living in storm-ravaged areas such as Long Beach and Lindenhurst, Long Island, and Broad Channel, Queens, the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that its mobile medical van will continue visiting those communities through August, thanks to a $350,000 grant from the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

“We are proud to continue the work of our mobile medical van with the generous support of the Robin Hood Foundation, said Ira Nash, MD, medical director of the North Shore-LIJ Medical Group, which has been coordinating the health system’s  mobile van efforts, called “Project Coastal Care, since last November.. “We have already touched the lives of hundreds of people in the areas stricken by Hurricane Sandy, and look forward to being able to help provide basic medical services as these communities rebuild.”

The North Shore-LIJ medical mobile van provides free medical evaluations by North Shore--LIJ doctors and nurses, primary and urgent care services, blood pressure checks, diabetes evaluation, prescription refills, flu shots (while available) and tetanus shots. Staff is also available to respond to medical questions and concerns of local residents, and offer medical advice.

Beginning Monday, February 25, and every Monday for the next six months, the medical van will be in Lindenhurst, at Shore Park from 12 to 6 p.m. On Tuesdays, it will be stationed in Long Beach at 225 W. Park Avenue from 12 to 3 p.m. and on National Blvd from 3 to 6 p.m. On Wednesdays, the van will be in Broad Channel in Queens, at the American Legion from 12 to 6 p.m. On Thursdays, the van will be in Long Beach at 175 W. Broadway from 12-3 p.m. and at 35 East Broadway from 3 to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays, it will be in Long Beach, at Waldbaums in Kennedy Plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about Project Coastal Care, call 516-823-8370.

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