50+ people showed up at the Long Beach is Dying For A Hospital event, where they staged a “Die In”. For three minutes everybody simulated their death, and wow did I see some good ones. The first person to die said he fell from a helicopter. How did he tell us that since he was dead? In all seriousness, while our LBMC is currently being used as a movie set (see photo below), us folks in Long Beach are very concerned about the future of this hospital.
We’re hoping the media and Albany get wind of this. Legislator Denise Ford showed up and spoke about the importance of having a 24 hour medical/emergency center on our barrier Island. Other citizens voiced their options as well – concerns about what to do if the Long Beach/Michael Valente bridge is up or stuck and there is a major medical emergency? What about the Polar Bear swim coming up? I don’t think helicopters can land on the sand. In a city that is so active, especially in the summer, not having 24/7 emergency care is a big concern.
Anyway, Newsday, the LB Herald and a few other media outlets came getting quotes from everybody, so I am sure you will read about this elsewhere. I just like to take photos.