Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center at Valley Stream announced today it will be discontinuing its inpatient psychiatric services. Pending state approval, the 21-bed unit will close on or around June 7.
The decision for the closure was carefully thought out and made in collaboration with the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH), which must give final approval to the program’s closure plan.
Patients experiencing a psychiatric crisis can still go to LIJ Valley Stream’s Emergency Department to be observed and stabilized appropriately. If an inpatient unit admission is clinically needed, patients will be transferred to another nearby facility with inpatient psychiatric services, including Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, Syosset Hospital, Huntington Hospital and Northwell affiliate Nassau University Medical Center. Northwell has 520 inpatient psychiatric beds systemwide, including 420 on Long Island and Queens.
LIJ Valley Stream also provides tele-psychiatry care through its emergency department, where remote consultations are provided by off-site Northwell behavioral health specialists.
“As the largest provider of behavioral health services in the New York area, Northwell will continue to ensure that psychiatric patients in the Valley Stream area have access to the inpatient care they need,” said Blaine Greenwald, MD, vice president and executive director of behavioral health services at Northwell Health.
LIJ Valley Stream is evaluating future plans for the soon-to-be-vacated space.
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About Long Island Jewish Valley Stream
Long Island Jewish Medical Center at Valley Stream is a 305-bed hospital offering a wide range of programs and services to patients from Nassau and Southeastern Queens counties. The hospital has one of the most advanced Emergency Departments in the region. The hospital is also home to the Orzac Center for Rehabilitation, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility featuring long-term care, rehabilitative medicine and an Adult Day Health Care Program.