Mount Sinai South Nassau’s Long Beach Emergency Department triage space will be renamed the Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg Triage Area.
Harvey Weisenberg, a former New York State assemblyman donated $50,000 to Mount Sinai South Nassau in memory of his late wife Ellen. The triage area will include “Ellen’s Way,” recognizing Ellen Weisenberg, who had a long career in nursing, caring for patients at the former Long Beach Medical Center.
A lifelong Long Beach resident, Harvey Weisenberg served in New York’s Assembly from 1989-2014. He is also a former member of the New York Police Department and a longtime advocate for those with special needs. He has also been recognized as Long Beach’s longest-serving lifeguard.
“My wife Ellen, who dedicated her life to helping others as a nurse, would be proud of the service Mount Sinai South Nassau has been providing to residents of Long Beach,” Weisenberg said in a statement. “Ellen always had a desire to help people and care for them. In her memory, I continue to work tirelessly with the hospital to make sure my community has access to the best care.”
The donation also will support Mount Sinai South Nassau’s Long Beach Medical Arts Pavilion that will bring back a variety of specialty medical services to the barrier island when it opens in June 2023.
“We are most thankful to Assemblyman Weisenberg for his generous gift and the steadfast support, advocacy, and leadership that he provided Mount Sinai South Nassau as it continues its work of revitalizing and restoring health care services tailored to the needs of the residents of Long Beach,” Dr. Adhi Sharma, president of Mount Sinai South Nassau, said in a statement. “On behalf of the hospital’s administration and board of directors, it is truly our privilege to rename the triage area in honor of Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg.”
Opened in 2015, the Mount Sinai South Nassau Long Beach Emergency Department, located at 325 E. Bay Drive in Long Beach, is the only freestanding emergency department on Long Island. It is equipped with emergency medical technology, an experienced staff of board-certified emergency medicine physicians, and registered nurses with advanced training in emergency medicine. More than 60,359 patients have been treated at the Long Beach Emergency Department since it opened.
The facility has six private treatment rooms, including an observation unit with three beds where patients can be held for up to 23 hours, a special room for infectious disease cases, a medical laboratory, a triage area, a behavioral treatment area, and a decontamination room. It also features a trauma room and advanced medical imaging department that includes an X-ray machine and a 64-slice CT scanner, the only operational CT scanner of any type in Long Beach and on the barrier island. The 6,300-square-foot facility has the capability to surge to meet increases in volume if needed.
Patients treated and stabilized at the Long Beach Emergency Department, who require hospital admission or advanced levels of treatment, are transferred by on-site ambulance service to Mount Sinai South Nassau or the appropriate hospital. Mount Sinai South Nassau, which services some 900,000 residents of the South Shore, from Queens to Suffolk County, is a Level II trauma center and advanced cardiac center.