Vaccine Update

We are grateful for your interest in getting vaccinated and helping us fight back the threat of COVID-19. We also appreciate your understanding as we continue to follow all New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH).

We currently have no community-facing vaccination appointments. We will post a link for appointments here, as well as on our Facebook page, if and when we make appointments available.

In the interim please be sure to check for appointments at other NYS DOH approved distribution centers. You can also check your eligibility.
Please use this link. https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

When we do not have a link available here for appointments, please visit the state’s Am I Eligible vaccine website for current appointment availability at other locations.

We look forward to more of our community being vaccinated as we fight COVID-19 together.

Please continue to be as safe as possible. Use your masks. Wash your hands. Practice socially distancing.

 

Our Heroes are Here for You

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have dedicated ourselves to keeping you safe and bringing our community back to health.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we realize many of you have had to place your health needs on pause and may have avoided seeking treatment for emergent conditions or injuries. Now there is no need to put your health and well-being on hold.

At Long Island Community Hospital, you can take comfort in knowing our heroes are here for you.

From our Emergency Department Express Care to our COVID-free Ambulatory Surgical Pavilion and Knapp Cardiac Care Center, our hospital is a safe place for you to get the care you need including superior same-day elective surgical care, procedures and outpatient services. Click here for a full list of services.

We have also taken every precaution to ensure that our Emergency Department is safe and ready to deliver the highest level of quality care for trauma and emergent conditions.

Our hospital is in full compliance with the New York State Department of Health Section 16 order requiring that all healthcare workers have at least one vaccine by September the 27th, and must be fully vaccinated by October 27th, unless an exemption has been granted.

This requirement applies to all of our employees, members of the medical and nursing staff, students and volunteers.

Welcoming Back Visitors

We are happy to welcome back visitors and have expanded visitation for our inpatient stays.

As we open our doors and our Long Island Community Hospital family welcomes you, we have implemented some guidelines and practices that all visitors will need to follow to ensure our patients continue to receive the highest quality care in the safest possible environment.

These guidelines and practices were developed in concert with all federal, state and local guidelines as well as our own COVID-19 Hospital Safety Plan.

Please take a few minutes to review and follow these instructions and guidelines before visiting with our patients:

 

 Please Note:  Beginning Thursday, August 26, 2021, visitation for inpatients will be limited to those that can show proof of full vaccination (vaccine card or a NYS Excelsior Pass) or a negative PCR COVID-19 test result from within 48 hours of time of visit.

 Inpatient Visiting – Our inpatient visiting hours are from 1 PM to 7:30 PM, 7 days per week. Visitors are limited to two visitors at a time, per patient. Those individuals must show proof of full vaccination (vaccine card or NYS Excelsior Pass) or a negative PCR COVID-19 test results within the last 48 hours. Exceptions may be made for family members/caregivers only in an end of life circumstance or for those who have a specific need for a caregiver to be present. Those who are not fully vaccinated and do not have negative PCR COVID-19 test results within the last 48 hours, will be required to wear a KN95 Mask.

It is important that all visitors check out at the Main Lobby or they will not be removed from the Visitors Management System and no other visitors will be allowed in to see that patient.

Emergency Department Visiting – Visitors will not be allowed in our Emergency Department. Exceptions may be made for family members/caregivers, only in an end of life circumstance or for those who have a specific need for a caregiver to be present. Those individuals must show proof of full vaccination (vaccine card or NYS Excelsior Pass) or a negative PCR COVID-19 test results within the last 48 hours. Those who are not fully vaccinated and do not have negative PCR COVID-19 test results within the last 48 hours will be required to wear a KN95 Mask.

For those patients waiting in our ED for admission, we will continue to allow visitation, however visitors will be limited to one per day with a 1 hour limit and must show proof of full vaccination (vaccine card or NYS Excelsior Pass) or a negative PCR COVID-19 test results within the last 48 hours. Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances for those who are not fully vaccinated and do not have negative PCR COVID-19 test results within the last 48 hours. Those individuals will be required to wear a KN95 Mask

 Psychiatric Access Center – There is currently no visitation in our Psychiatric Access Center.

Restricted visitation continues for all COVID-19 related patients.

All visitors must be at least 18 years of age. Exceptions may be made based on the patient’s individual needs and they must follow all of the above visitor vaccination, testing or masking requirements.

Visitors with underlying conditions are discouraged from visiting due to the increased risks associated with COVID-19.

Patients undergoing same day procedures may be accompanied by a companion who may remain with the patient through the initial intake process. The companion must follow all of the above visitor vaccination, testing or masking requirements and will be asked to leave during the procedure and then may come back and rejoin the patient for the discharge process.

Visitors may not be present during procedures and recovery room stays with special exceptions for pediatrics, and patients who have an intellectual, developmental, or other cognitive disabilities.

All patients and visitors will be provided with a medical mask and must wear it at all times while in the hospital facilities. Please keep your fabric mask with you for when you leave the hospital.

Hand sanitizing or hand washing must be performed correctly.

When you enter our hospital facilities you will be screened for symptoms by our hospital staff. During this screening they will also check your temperature.

Once inside the hospital facility, visitors must remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit except when otherwise directed by hospital staff.

If the patient is on isolation, the visitor will be provided you with additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their safety.

For safety and in accordance with current regulations, all visitors will be asked to supply some information which will be maintained in an electronic format by our hospital. This information will include the visitor name(s) and contact information, the date(s) of the visits, and the name of the patient(s) visited.

For More Information Please Call 631.654.7100

If You Have Cold or Flu-like Symptoms

If you are experiencing typical cold or flu-like symptoms including a fever or cough, please contact your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, you can call our MyHealth Long Island Primary Care Centers at 631.694.3258.  They will be happy to help you. If these symptoms feel like they are worse than your typical cold or flu, or you are having difficulty breathing please seek immediate care at your nearest emergency department or call 911.

Our Plan to Keep You Safe

As a patient or family member here at Long Island Community Hospital you can take comfort in knowing that our care team is fully prepared to care for patients during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and has a plan to keep you safe.

Front Line Staff Donations:   Anyone wishing to donate meals to our front line workers please email socialmedia@LICommunityHospital.org or call 631.687.2900 to make appropriate arrangements.

Resources For Our Community

Find out more from these local resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services