Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00
In the weeks that have followed since the announcement that Glen Cove Hospital would eliminate inpatient care, a growing number of local residents and officials have been voicing their concerns about the future of the hospital, including former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi,
“I’m weighing in publicly on this issue because my private conversations with the North Shore-LIJ have not yielded the results I was hoping for,” said Suozzi, who lives in Glen
Cove and was mayor. “We recognize that there are enormous pressures facing the healthcare community, and understand that North Shore-LIJ does a great job in the face of these financial pressures, but they must recognize that this hospital is a central piece of the fabric of this community,” he continued.
Mayor Ralph Suozzi, in conjunction with the medical staff at the hospital, has rallied the community and other government officials to assert pressure on the hospital’s leadership.
The mayor also initiated a petition that has been signed by more than 11,000 people to date; there is an online petition at change.org that has received 3,776 signatures as of press time, and a paper version available at local businesses. The document urges North Shore-LIJ Health to “postpone and reconsider their plans to transform” the hospital into an ambulatory-only facility.
“I welcome and appreciate Tom’s involvement and support as I continue to have productive discussions with Mr. Dowling that focus on a viable solution.” said Mayor Suozzi. “His influence and that of others will be helpful going forward.”
Hospital administrators have previously called the current operations “unsustainable.”
“We certainly understand where the mayor and others are coming from,” Terry Lynam, vice president for publication relations at North Shore-LIJ, told the Record Pilot. He maintains that North Shore-LIJ intends to “ensure that we can maintain a presence in the City of Glen Cove and preserve access to health care in Glen Cove.”
Lynam said they are working with local officials for input on what particular ambulatory care services to provide.
“We want to preserve Glen Cove Hospital as the important community hospital that it has been for so many years—even predating the North Shore health system,” said Dr. Eric
Hochberg, Chief, Division of Urology and member of the Council for the Preservation of Glen Cove Hospital. “I look forward to coming to a compromise that guarantees the in-patient beds our community needs and the continued fiscal health of the hospital.”
The rally will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m.