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Department of External Affairs
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 05, 2009
Contact: John P. Broder
Vice President-External Affairs
516-663-2234

PREPARING FOR FLU: MAYOR OF MINEOLA VISITS WINTHROP

Mineola, NY - Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins recently visited Winthrop-University Hospital, where a special Flu Treatment Center is being created in preparation for the possibility of a very busy flu season. The hospital is renovating the former Astoria Federal Savings space at 222 Station Plaza in Mineola to handle overflow from the Emergency Department and to keep possible flu patients separate from the general hospital population.

“In response to the predictions of widespread seasonal and H1N1 influenza this year, Winthrop is taking steps to be prepared for an influx of patients who may seek treatment this flu season,” said Mr. Collins. “And by creating a separate treatment area for people with flu-like symptoms, we can reduce the likelihood of flu patients transmitting the illness to other patients and staff in the Emergency Department,” he added.

Patients who require hospitalization will be transported to the main hospital building, while those who can be evaluated, treated and released will be cared for strictly in this new dedicated area.

Flu vacations will not be provided in the Flu Treatment Center. For additional information about seasonal influenza or the H1N1 flu, including vaccinations, call the New York State Department of Health influenza hotline at 1(800) 808-1987.

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