A reader questioning the hours of the South Nassau Urgent Care Center

A reader named Michael sent in the following photo, along with this caption:

During a bicycle ride this weekend I passed by our new “emergency medical facility'”. According to the sign, Monarch Beverage, the beer wholesaler about a quarter mile away on Long Beach Rd, has longer hours than our new emergency medical center!

Michael has a point about no 24-hour ‘care’ in Long Beach yet, but his question also adds to all the confusion regarding the relationship between the actual hospital and South Nassau Urgent Care Center.

This is something that I still don’t understand: Why does this urgent care center exists and how is it separate from the hospital? Can somebody care to explain?  I think it’s been explained to me before, but it goes in through one ear and out the through other.

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3 thoughts on “A reader questioning the hours of the South Nassau Urgent Care Center”

  1. SNCH got away with murder (literally). How dare they fool the people in LB while pocketing over $122M. What a bunch of bastards.

  2. Anthony,

    I figured I would throw in my 2 cents and further muddy the discussion.

    Here is a link from the NYSPHHPC (NYS Public Health and Health Planning Council) that explains the roles and features of the different type of ambulatory care in New York State, it explains the minimum standards for both “Urgent Care” and “Satellite Emergency Department”(the preferred naming convention for what LB might get down here).

    http://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/public_health_and_health_planning_council/meetings/2014-01-07/docs/ambulatory_care_services_recommendations.pdf

    I am not sure if this even pertains to NYS and LB in particular, but the following is from a hospital in NJ that has a Satellite ED up and running (I could not find any SED’s already operating in NYS, will we be the first?) https://www.jfkmc.org/clinical-services/jfk-satellite-emergency-department

    What Will Happen if the SED Determines That Hospitalization is Required?

    The staff at the SED will stabilize patients to the best of their ability who require transfer to an acute care hospital; and a specialty care transport vehicle will be available to transfer patients. Ambulances generally won’t bring the most critically ill patients to the SED, including trauma patients and those having strokes, heart attacks or are more than twenty weeks pregnant. Ambulance squads will go straight to a full-service hospital with any patient who requires hospital admission.

    We already know that trauma patients have been transported off island and will most likely continue to be, I found it odd that in NJ the SED does not take heart attack or stroke victims, but those go to a full service hospital. I wonder if that will be the case in LB as well.

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