LONG BEACH, N.Y. – Officials at the last hospital still closed because of Superstorm Sandy are no longer predicting when they will be able to reopen.
Mark Healey of New York's Long Beach Medical Center says officials have encountered unexpected delays in their quest to get the Long Island hospital back open.
He says officials discovered that the hospital needs a new fire sprinkler system because salt water damaged pipes in the basement. Healey, the director of facilities and engineering at the hospital, also says it took some time to locate a pump for the sprinkler system.
The fire alarm system also needed a major overhaul.
Some services are being offered offsite, including at a family care clinic.
Emergency patients are being sent to hospitals in Oceanside or East Meadow.