GREAT NECK, NY – North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Project Coastal Care has received one of Sustainable Long Island’s “Getting It Done” awards this year for providing free medical care to New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Since the program’s inception last November, Project Coastal Care has treated more than 1,200 people in a mobile medical van that has made regularly scheduled visits to areas affected by the super storm, including Broad Channel in Queens, Staten Island and the Long Island communities of Long Beach and Lindenhurst. The van began treating people in Babylon this month. The North Shore-LIJ Health System received a $350,000 grant from the Robin Hood Relief Fund in February which will enable the van’s medical team to continue treating people through August.
The mobile van is staffed with medical professionals, administrative support personnel and a driver. Patients have been treated for a range of illnesses and injuries, including upper respiratory infections, minor lacerations and maintenance of chronic and acute illnesses. In addition, the van’s medical staff provides flu and tetanus vaccinations. All of the care has been delivered free of charge, regardless of whether patients are insured.
“We’re providing a valuable service to people during a difficult time in their lives and what has proven to be a continued and extended challenging period,” said Maria Torroella Carney, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s director of community-based geriatrics in the department of medicine, who leads the mobile van project. “It’s very rewarding to assist these residents as they put their lives back together. We’re bringing quality healthcare resources from the health system directly to their communities.”
Lisa Burch, North Shore-LIJ’s director of sustainability and social responsibility, said the award recognizes North Shore-LIJ’s commitment to the community. “We’re not just about providing care to the patients who walk through our doors but also helping those who cannot get to the care they require,” she said.
This is the third year that Sustainable Long Island is bestowing the “Getting It Done” awards to local organizations. This year, groups are being honored for their work helping people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
North Shore-LIJ received its award last week during Sustainable Long Island’s seventh annual sustainability conference held at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park.
For more information about Project Coastal Care and to find out the schedule of the van, call 516-823-8370.