I read today in the Long Beach Patch that South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, NY received money to help Long Beach launch an Urgent Care center to be located in Long Beach Hospital. As an ENT specialist, the creation of a fully equipped urgent center is fantastic news. Long Beach, NY is a barrier island and such isolation brings with it unique needs. I provide ENT care for many individuals on blood thinning medicines such as coumadin, plavix or aspirin. When such patients get nosebleeds, it can quickly become an emergency. Having a fully staffed urgent care center will provide the necessary back up for when these situations require it. I am thrilled to hear that Long Beach, NY residents will have access to such vital services. I just hope that our town gets it soon!