Crain’s Health Pulse
May 16, ,2016
Southside Hospital Finally Gets FEMA Grant
A $23.7 million grant for Southside Hospital to pay for fortification against extreme weather was approved by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, state politicians announced last week. The money has been a long time coming for the Bay Shore, L.I. hospital, which has experienced flooding during multiple summer storms since Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012. In addition to covering the cost of installing new doors and windows, the funds will be tapped to relocate electrical and IT infrastructure, much of it located on the first floor. Southside, part of Northwell Health, also will build elevated structures to house existing and new generators. "It’s truly about fortification for the future," said Anthony Pellicone, associate executive director at Southside. He said Sandy's shifting of tributaries that collect rainwater made the hospital more vulnerable to storms. The federal government will provide $17.8 million of the funding for the plan, with the hospital covering the rest.
Southside Hospital Wins $23.7M Grant for Anti-Flood Upgrade
Updated May 13, 2016 8:47 PM
By Joan Gralla
Southside Hospital in Bay Shore was awarded a $23.7 million federal grant to upgrade buildings and systems to help keep it open during storms and floods, officials said Friday.
“Hospitals need to be able to operate and serve their communities no matter the circumstances,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a statement joined by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford).
Last year, both Southside and West Islip’s Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and Our Lady of Consolation applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency grants to pay for anti-flood measures.
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services could not immediately provide the status of Good Samaritan’s request for a $20.1 million grant.
The two hospitals are located near the Great South Bay, which heightens the hazards storms pose.
“We are only a block away from the Great South Bay,” Anthony Pellicone, Southside associate director, said Friday by telephone.
Superstorm Sandy in 2012 caused $3 million in damage, as water pooled around the building’s doors and covered much of the first floor, he said.
One year before that, tropical storm Irene caused many of the same problems.
The new grant will enable Southside to replace and move emergency generators, mechanical, electrical, telephone and information systems to the second floor from the first floor, Pellicone said.
The building’s outer shell will be reinforced and hurricane-proof windows installed. So will new valves to prevent storm drains from letting floodwaters pour in, Pellicone said.
The aim is to ensure the 321-bed hospital can withstand a 500-year storm, he said.
Currently, even much less powerful storms cause problems.
“We’ve had some very freakish summer storms that have flooded this hospital three times in the last two years,” he said.
FEMA requires Southside to pay 25 percent of the award and all improvements must be completed by May 10, 2019, he said.