As Normalcy Returns After Hurricane Sandy, Mobile Health Van Service Ends

GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that its mobile medical van dispatched to treat people affected by Hurricane Sandy has ceased its operations nine months after the super storm ripped through Long Island and Queens.

 Medical staff on the Project Coastal Care mobile health van treated patients for a range of injuries and illnesses, including minor lacerations, upper respiratory infections and the maintenance of acute and chronic illnesses. Flu and tetanus shots were also provided. All of this care was delivered without asking for proof of insurance. The Project Coastal Care mobile medical van was staffed with volunteer medical professionals, administrative support personnel and a driver from the health system.

 A total of 1,536 patients were treated in the 120 visits that the Project Coastal Care van made to Broad Channel in Queens; Staten Island; and the Long Island communities of Long Beach, Woodbury, Freeport, Seaford, Island Park, Lindenhurst and Babylon. The most patients – 769 – were treated in 66 visits to Long Beach; second most were the 387 patients treated in 25 visits to Broad Channel.

 Project Coastal Care was supported by a February grant from the Robin Hood Foundation.
 “We are proud and pleased to have been part of the response effort after Hurricane Sandy,” said Maria Torroella Carney, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s director of community-based geriatrics in the department of medicine. “The medical care the Project Coastal Care team provided helped people and families heal from illnesses resulting from the super storm and our services helped others maintain their health while they couldn’t seek medical treatment elsewhere.”

 Deborah Sakellarios, Robin Hood senior management consultant, said, “It was truly inspiring to see the many ways individuals and communities came together in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to help their neighbors in need. North Shore-LIJ demonstrated what it means to be a good neighbor, and we are proud to have supported their efforts.”

 Project Coastal Care received a “Getting It Done” award from Sustainable Long Island earlier this year for its work treating people impacted by the super storm.  

           While this mission for Project Coastal Care’s health van is completed, the staff will be ready to help people cope with any future disaster should the need arise.


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