Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC) was closed after extensive flooding from Hurricane Sandy completely submerged the basement of the main hospital building. Water intrusion and loss of environmental controls caused severe damage in the basement and upper floors of the main building’s Central, East, and Founders wings. The first floor of the Family Alcoholism Counseling and Treatment Services Building as well as four doctors’ cottages were left in shambles. Deleted “as well”
FEMA’s initial damage assessment to repair and restore LBMC was $14 million. DMS assisted LBMC to itemize damages, document the scope of work, and complete repairs to standard. Based on the analysis, it was more cost effective to demolish and rebuild the three older wings of the facility.
FEMA ultimately agreed with the analysis from DMS and wrote a project worksheet for $176.9 million for an alternative project that will better serve the needs of the surrounding community. The total eligible funding for both temporary and permanent work to repair the hospital is projected to exceed $200 million.
In 2014, South Nassau Communities Hospital acquired the assets of Long Beach Medical Center. FEMA signed a Letter of Understanding with SNCH detailing the $176.9 million capped grant, and authorized the funds to be used by SNCH. The new facility aligns with the New York State Department of Health’s plans for providing healthcare.
Douglas L. Melzer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Long Beach Medical Center