The shortage of staff in South Nassau, Mount Sinai is the result of mandatory vaccinations in New York.
Officials said on Monday that all other options were exhausted before the decision was made to close the emergency room that afternoon.
Instead, patients in need of urgent care are directed to the main campus of the hospital in Oceanside. It is about 5 miles away and it may take 25 minutes to get into traffic. During the closure, the ambulance has been stationed in the emergency room.
Hochul said the hospital will reopen the Long Beach emergency room at 7 am on Friday to provide 24/7 service.
“As your governor, I will ensure that the state does everything it can to ease the pressure on hospitals and emergency care facilities-so when you encounter difficulties, medical institutions please continue to remind us,” Hochul said. “I would like to thank Southern Nassau, Mount Sinai and local community partners for working with us to restore emergency room services and continue to provide high-quality care to residents of Nassau County. The Ministry of Health will continue to work closely with hospitals and local officials to monitor and resolve Any potential staff shortages in the future.”
Hospital officials have previously stated that the closure is to comply with state regulations that require the suspension of all employees working under temporary religious exemptions who have not presented proof of at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine or a valid medical exemption.
More than 99% of employees in South Nassau, Mount Sinai are vaccinated, excluding those seeking religious or medical exemptions.
It is the only emergency facility in Long Beach, serving approximately 10,000 people every year. After Superstorm Sandy basically destroyed the Long Beach Medical Center, it opened in 2015.
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