Southside Hospital to Close Inpatient Psychiatric Unit; New ER to Include Additional Psych Services

A rendering of Southside Hospital’s expanded emergency department.

BAY SHORE, NY – When Southside Hospital in Bay Shore completes the first phase of construction on an expanded emergency department, it will have a dedicated space for psychiatric care as well as additional services for those patients.

                There will be six beds set aside for psychiatric patients as well as a separate ambulance entrance. From 8 a.m. to 12 midnight, there will be a dedicated physician or nurse practitioner, behavioral health nurses and social workers available to care for psychiatric patients. Patients who require care from midnight to 8 a.m. can utilize the telepsychiatry services available at Southside, where patients can receive consultations from attending physicians at LIJ Medical Center and Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, both of  which are part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

                Patients who need extended inpatient care will be transported from Southside to other North Shore-LIJ facilities, including South Oaks Hospital in Amityville; Huntington Hospital; Syosset Hospital or Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks. As of June 1, 2015, Southside’s current inpatient psychiatric unit will no longer accept new patients and will be phased out entirely on July 1. Any patients on the inpatient unit on June 30, 2015 will be transferred to other facilities. To accommodate additional psychiatric patients from Southside, South Oaks Hospital recently added 20 inpatient beds – the same number that was at Southside.

                “Southside Hospital has provided and will continue to provide high-quality psychiatric services to those who seek them,” said Donna Moravick, NP, executive director of the hospital. “If a patient needs to be transferred, they can rest assured that a North Shore-LIJ ambulance with highly-skilled staff, will continue the top notch care they have received at Southside and that continuum of care will be maintained at any North Shore-LIJ facility.”


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