Nassau Health Care keeps residents healthy in the suburbs of the Big Apple. The health system operates Nassau University Medical Center, which has some 530 beds, as well as the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility, a skilled nursing center with 590 beds. Other operations include about a half-dozen community health centers and a home health care agency serving the people of Long Island. Nassau University Medical Center's specialized services include trauma, burn care, orthopedics, psychiatry, and obstetrics. Nassau Health Care is a public benefit company governed by a representative board appointed by state and county officials.
The Nassau University Medical Center is a teaching center affiliated with the SUNY-Stony Brook Health Sciences Center. It also provides some services in affiliation with the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. The hospital opened in 1935 as Meadowbrook Hospital (later renamed Nassau County Medical Center) and joined the Nassau Health Care organization in 1997. It was renamed Nassau University Medical Center in 2001.
Nassau Health Care is undergoing a $240 million multi-year modernization program. Efforts completed or in progress include the rebuilding of the Patterson Extended Care Facility (scheduled to open in 2011), reconstruction and renovation efforts at the Nassau University Medical Center, improvements to community health centers, and equipment and technology investments. – less