As an anchor institution, North Shore-LIJ serves as a model of good behavior by protecting and enhancing the sustainability of our communities, locally, regionally and globally. We engage with community partners in coalitions to help identify the underlying environmental and social causes of chronic diseases and health disparities and leverage our resources to address these issues to create systemic change.
North Shore-LIJ employees and physicians displayed extraordinary teamwork and emergency preparedness during 2011’s Tropical Storm Irene, establishing a safe haven for more than 5,000 patients, outside nursing home residents and others seeking shelter. They helped evacuate nearly 1,000 patients from Staten Island University Hospital, Southside Hospital and outside hospitals and nursing homes with minimal assistance from outside agencies. In the aftermath of the storm, when many facilities were running on backup power and without air conditioning, they continued to care for patients. Whether a natural disaster, terrorist attack or pandemic, North Shore-LIJ consistently drills its employees through multiple emergency scenarios so it can partner with the community when help is needed most.
Our more than 9,400 physicians and 10,000 nurses are at the heart of the patient-centered care North Shore-LIJ provides. They represent a driving force for social responsibility and sustainability within the health system that goes beyond the quality care they provide every day.
We have engaged a vendor to take our open/unused supplies in the operating rooms and reprocess it for redistribution and use in underserved nations. Furthermore, a partnership between North Shore-LIJ and MedShare has successfully diverted surplus materials to developing countries that have desperate need of the medical surplus. This medical donation partnership fulfills our mutual mission of improving health care. The high-volume, high-quality supply and equipment donations from North Shore-LIJ make our combined efforts well executed and impactful. Since 2011, MedShare has received 11,341 pounds of assorted medical supplies, 341 beds, 148 mattresses, 440 IV poles and 546 pumps from the health system. Among recent shipments, medical donations from North Shore-LIJ were shipped to South Sudan, Haiti and Bangladesh.
At North Shore-LIJ, we recognize the unique position we are in as the largest provider of healthcare in the region that allows us to partner with local legislators, policy makers and community groups to influence the ever-changing landscape of healthcare. Our work in the advocacy/policy arena ranges from healthcare reform on the national level to community and economic revitalization and policy development on the local level. To pursue these goals, North Shore-LIJ is represented on the boards of numerous local organizations including Sustainable Long Island, Erase Racism and Hispanic Counseling Center, among others. In addition, health system leaders sit on the boards of regional and national organizations and coalitions including:
- Long Island Regional Economic Development Council
- U.S. Green Building Council (Long Island Chapter)
- Long Island Anti-Hunger Taskforce
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement
- Nassau–Suffolk Hospital Council
Each year in the United States, secondhand smoke exposure is responsible for 150,000 to 300,000 new cases of bronchitis and pneumonia in children aged less than 18 months. North Shore-LIJ has worked with community organizations, including the Queens Smoke-Free Partnership, to educate the public about the dangers of secondhand smoke. Our advocacy work has enabled us to affect policy including the NYC Smoke Free Parks and Beaches legislation, garner the commitment of all Nassau and Suffolk hospitals to adopt smoke free campuses, and help organizations establish and implement smoke-free outdoor air policies which prohibit smoking both inside and on the grounds of their facilities.Back to Top