North Shore-LIJ to Provide Free Medical Care to Sandy Victims Until At Least Jan. 31

GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System’s “Project Coastal Care,” which has been providing free medical care to victims of Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, Long Island and Broad Channel, Queens since November, will continue to bring a mobile health van to those communities until at least January 31.
 
To date, “Project Coastal Care” has treated more than 500 patients in both Long Beach and Broad Channel since mid-November. The van’s medical team has been seeing patients ranging from infants to senior citizens. Patients have been treated free of charge and without being asked for proof of insurance for a variety of ailments, including upper respiratory infections, wound abrasions and maintenance of chronic and acute illnesses. Some people have also received flu and tetanus vaccines from the mobile van’s medical personnel.
 
The mobile van is staffed with at least one doctor, other healthcare professionals and a driver.
 
“We want to continue to provide medical care to communities affected by Hurricane Sandy for as long as the need is there,” said Maria Torroella Carney, MD, director of community-based geriatrics at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “This is a humanitarian effort.”
 
The mobile van is scheduled to be in Long Beach at 700 Magnolia Boulevard (City of Long Beach Recreation Center) on Tuesdays and Thursdays through January 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (other than on Tuesday, January 8 when the mobile medical van will be there from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, January 22 when it will be in Long Beach from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.). On Wednesdays, it will be in Broad Channel at the American Legion Post 1404, 209 Crossbay Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Over the next several weeks, North Shore-LIJ staff from the mobile medical van also will be visiting nine Federal Emergency Management Agency sites in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties to provide flu and tetanus shots as well as medical care to volunteers.
 
For more information about Project Coastal Care, please call 516-823-8370.

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