Advances in medicine are occurring all the time, often at lightening speed. To keep Long Beach Medical Center at the forefront of science and technology, its Board of Trustees has developed several initiatives to ensure the delivery of advanced medical resources to community residents. These initiatives include:
Major Renovations to Patient Rooms and Nursing Stations
With funds awarded from the New York State’s Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL NY), Long Beach Medical Center has embarked on a plan to enhance its campus environment with a dramatic renovation of its patient rooms and Nursing Stations in the Hospital. The modernization will create a pleasant visual environment while increasing staff efficiency with improved workflow design, computerized information systems and new bedside technologies.
In addition, the Medical Center has planned a renovation of the Hospital’s main entrance and Lobby. New construction will enable patients and visitors to enter the hospital at ground level while also providing a protected area for dropping off and picking up patients. These renovations will present a modern, elegant impression when arriving or leaving the facility while offering a more patient and visitor-friendly experience.
Advanced Kitchen Equipment will Enhance Food and Nutrition
HEAL NY Funds were awarded to Long Beach Medical Center for the installation of an advanced Cook-Chill system that will consolidate the Medical Center’s two kitchens into one efficient and streamlined service. The new high-tech food preparation and delivery system will enable staff to prepare food more efficiently and maintain food temperatures for longer periods of time during delivery.
New Look for The Komanoff Center
The Komanoff Center for Geriatric and Rehabilitative Medicine will soon sport a new look as it undergoes cosmetic renovations inside and outside the facility. The stately-looking brick exterior and stone parapet around its top are currently undergoing restoration so that its formal and elegant look is preserved. The interior, however, will undergo a dramatic change with new inviting colors, artwork and accessories. In addition, several floors are being reconfigured to accommodate two new designated units: a secure Wander Alert unit for individuals with cognitive memory loss (Alzheimer’s and dementia) and a new specialized unit for dialysis and short-term rehabilitation patients.
New Building for Addiction Treatment Services
Plans are being discussed to develop a new home for the Medical Center’s Outpatient Alcohol, Chemical Dependency and Addiction programs. Grant monies are pending and once approved, will enable the Medical Center to demolish the current facilities across the street from the hospital and rebuild a modern facility that will house the Medical Center’s FACTS (alcohol, drug, and gambling addiction) programs as well as its Methadone Maintenance program.
New Building for Mental Health Services
York State has awarded Long Beach Medical Center with a $4.9 million grant to construct a new outpatient mental health clinic. The new 6,100 square foot building will provide more space for individual and group counseling and include a children's play therapy room. It will replace the existing 1950s-era building that currently houses the medical center’s outpatient mental health and wellness clinic. HEAL funds will also be used to upgrade the Medical Center's electronic medical records and wireless network.
Electronic Medical Records System
Long Beach Medical Center has embarked on a technology initiative that will modernize the Medical Center’s data storage capabilities with the use of electronic medical records (EMRs). This new state-of-the-art technology, which is being installed throughout the Medical Center’s campus, will make records accessible between the Medical Center’s hospital, skilled nursing facility, home care agency and outpatient programs, as well as enable physicians to access their patient’s medical records electronically from their office or portable systems. The EMR solutions will promote efficiency and accuracy of collecting and delivering patients’ data while reducing duplication and charting errors.
You Can Help Future Projects
New advances, technologies and programs are costly to implement. Long Beach Medical Center is committed to providing state-of-the-art care and services to our patients and their families. You can help us achieve our goals by contributing to our success. Every dollar donated brings us closer to our goals and enables us to do more for the people we serve. To make your contribution or to learn more on giving opportunities, please click here.