BAY SHORE, NY – Representatives from Southside Hospital and the North Shore-LIJ Health System recently met with US Rep. Peter King and State Senator Phil Boyle to discuss plans to further protect the Southside Hospital campus from future storms and to highlight the health system’s response to the needs of local military veterans.
While Southside remained opened before, during and after Hurricane Sandy last fall, water from the Great South Bay rose to within several feet of the hospital, threatening to cause major damage. As Southside’s Executive Director Donna Moravick noted, “If the path of the storm had veered slightly more easterly, Southside might very well have been added to this list of devastation,” referencing the closures of New York University Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital, the Manhattan campus of the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, and Long Beach and Coney Island hospitals.
In a meeting that included North Shore-LIJ’s eastern Regional Executive Director Winnie Mack, Ms. Moravick and other representatives of Southside and North Shore-LIJ, Rep. King and Senator Boyle were presented with a plan outlining tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements the hospital is pursuing to guard against devastation from future storms, including elevating the height of the hospital’s emergency generators and electrical systems, and drainage, masonry roofing upgrades. “Our collective responsibility is to be proactive in protecting Southside Hospital for the communities we serve,” said Ms. Mack.
Also during the meeting, North Shore-LIJ officials took Rep. King and Senator Boyle on a tour of the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families in Bay Shore, a first-of-its-kind facility designed to help military families cope with the emotional burdens veterans frequently face after returning home from combat. The health center, located at 132 E. Main St., was developed as part of a collaboration between the Northport VA Medical Center and North Shore-LIJ. It’s the first time that the VA has partnered with an outside hospital system to offer treatment for both veterans and family members under one roof.
In addition, Andrew Roberts, director of North Shore-LIJ’s Office of Military and Veterans’ Liaison Services, briefed the elected officials on the health system’s success in recruiting returning veterans for jobs at its facilities. Since 2011, North Shore-LIJ has hired more than 300 veterans for a range of positions across the 16-hospital health system.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
The nation's third-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 16 hospitals, long-term care facilities and nearly 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of more than 46,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in New York City. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.