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Letter: This Must Not Happen To Glen Cove

“Too many hospitals across the New York area (13 in recent years) and the nation have closed because of a failure to anticipate, adapt and evolve. This must not happen to Glen Cove.”


This is a direct quote from a letter, dated August 30, 2013, sent by Michael I. Dowling, the head of North Shore-LIJ, to Councilman Reggie Spinello. Dowling’s letter then goes on in detail to describe exactly how Glen Cove Hospital will evolve and why it will be saved for the community. 


While I am disappointed the rehabilitation services will be moved elsewhere, the development of a community health center and a geriatric residence is an example of adapting/evolving our Glen Cove Hospital into serving the long-range needs of our community. Given an extremely low hospital occupancy rate, I cannot disagree with the need for change. In exchange for a half empty hospital, we will have an active health facility!


While professionals who run most of the hospitals on Long Island are determining the best way to preserve Glen Cove Hospital as a first-class health care facility, our mayor is beating the drums about a hospital closing that he claims to be working hard to avoid. 


Given that it is election time, I am concerned that the issue is being created by Mr. Suozzi to rally voters to support him  by declaring he  will save the hospital that Dowling says is not in need of saving, because it is not being closed, but refocused to better serve our community. 


Judith M. Frederic