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North Shore- LIJ Creates “Project Coastal Care” to Ease Suffering of Hurricane Sandy Victims

November 28, 2012

Members of the North Shore LIJ mobile medical van have been visiting Broad Channel Queens and Long Beach in Nassau County to offer free medical care to locals whose lives were decimated by Hurricane Sandy

GREAT NECK, NY – To help ease the suffering of Queens and Long Island citizens ravaged by the violence of Hurricane Sandy, the North Shore-LIJ Health System has launched “Project Coastal Care”—a mobile medical van that is setting up shop in Broad Channel, Long Beach and other communities in need of immediate, short-term health care services.

The effort is being spearheaded by Maria Carney, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s director of community-based geriatrics and former Nassau County health commissioner. The mobile van, one of only six in the New York City/Long Island area, is working in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health to treat a variety of conditions, including: upper respiratory infections, asthma exacerbations, anxiety, minor lacerations or puncture wounds, prescription refills, hypertension, flu and tetanus vaccinations and diabetes management.

North Shore-LIJ has been providing free medical care at the mobile van since mid-November, when the health system’s medical team began visiting Broad Channel, Queens. The van is currently going to Long Beach, Long Island on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and to Broad Channel on Tuesdays and Thursdays during those same times.

The medical van is staffed by a doctor, a physician’s assistant and nurse, as well as an administrator and a driver. “This is truly a humanitarian effort. For the people who live in these decimated communities, the medical infrastructure is almost non-existent,” said Dr. Carney. “We’re fulfilling our mission to serve these storm-ravaged communites.”

  • Media Contacts:

    Michelle Pinto, Director, Media Relations
    (516) 465-2649
    mpinto@nshs.edu
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