Paving Around Southside Hospital to Improve Patient Care, Quality of Life for Residents

Islip, NY – The Islip Town Department of Public Works has been hard at work since spring paving roadways throughout Islip Town. Recently they completed one of their most important projects to date: fixing the roadways and ambulance paths surrounding Southside Hospital, which had fallen into disrepair. Paramedics and other hospital staff had complained about the bumpy roads that threatened their ability to treat patients in need of care.

 

“Southside Hospital is a critical resource to the greater Islip community, and the Town has a responsibility to do what it can to improve access to those in need of care,” said Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt. “The patients, ambulance crews, and local residents will no longer have to suffer from these inadequate road conditions.”


Islip paving crews have many more projects to complete throughout the Town before the end of paving season. Several New York State grants have allowed the Town to complete numerous projects that have been long awaited.


“The recent improvements of the roads around Southside Hospital have enhanced patient experience and comfort while being transported to our Emergency Department,” said Dr. Jay Enden, Medical Director of Southside Hospital. “The previous roadway was uncomfortable for those that traveled over it whether in an ambulance or private vehicle”.

Pictured (left to right): Tom Owens, Commissioner of the Department of Public Works; Councilwoman Bergin Weichbrodt; Councilman Steve Flotteron; Paul Maggiore, Islip Highway Project Superintendent.