Counties Team With Local Hospitals to Address Sandy-Related Health Concerns
By Amy Gernon
Published: December 19 2012
Nassau and Suffolk counties have formed partnership with local hospitals to help address residents health concerns associated with Superstorm Sandy.
Long Islanders have been exposed to a hoard of potentially hazardous materials following Superstorm Sandy, including water contaminated with sewage, oil and gasoline, as well as mold, household chemicals, carbon monoxide, asbestos and lead.
In order to address the health concerns associated with cleaning up after Sandy, Nassau County has partnered with North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Systems Department of Population Health and the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center, Winthrop University Hospital Department of Occupational Health and Nassau University Medical Department of Occupational Health. These departments offer expertise that can help residents who have questions regarding potential health problems stemming from the storm.
“As our residents continue to cope with the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, this partnership provides an additional resource for those who may be experiencing adverse health effects,” County Executive Mangano said in a statement.
“This partnership provides an additional safety net and is a great resource to our residents in their time of need,” Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein said.
Nassau County residents can direct their questions regarding environmental exposures related to Superstorm Sandy to one of the three hospitals.
Suffolk County has forged a similar partnership with Stony Brook Medicine’s Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Residents with Sandy-related health concerns can reach the department at 631-444-6250.
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