Celebrating a new vision for East End medicine, more than 100 gathered on Aug. 21 to commemorate Stony Brook Southampton Hospital joining the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system.
“Today signifies a bold step forward in realizing a new vision for bringing advanced medical care closer to home for residents of the East End of Long Island,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “We have raised a new flag and unveiled a new sign over the hospital entrance to symbolically signify the start of a new era for what is now called Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.”
“Today we stand at an intersection, where academic medicine and community medicine come together as one,” Dr. Stanley said. “Each partner brings unique strengths to this relationship, as we work to provide the very best in healthcare on Long Island.”
Stony Brook and Southampton bring together the specialists, clinical trials and advanced technology of an academic medical center with the convenience and personalized care of a community hospital. Stony Brook Southampton Hospital now provides care under Stony Brook University Hospital’s New York State operating license.
“We are creating a new network of healthcare providers that spans from Montauk to Manhattan and beyond,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences, and Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
“Bringing these two institutions together provides new opportunities to train our providers in a community-based setting — in the ‘real world’ outside the boundaries of academia,” said Dr. Kaushansky.
New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined a number of elected officials in congratulating Stony Brook and Southampton in celebrating this milestone. “I commend all of you for never giving up, for continuing to put the people of this community first and making sure that now as a result of your efforts, they will receive first-rate, world-class healthcare because of this day,” she said.
“Today marks the true beginning of a major step forward in building on the excellent healthcare programs in Southampton,” said New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chairman of the New York State Senate Higher Education Committee. “The combination of Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital will ensure that residents have access to specialists and vital services close to home. I am pleased that the community will be able to benefit by the blending of these great medical providers. I commend Bob Chaloner and the Southampton Hospital Board on working towards this goal and their continued commitment to ensuring access to vital medical services right here in the community.”
“I am pleased to have partnered with State Senator Ken LaValle in facilitating the merger between Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital. The East End is already seeing the benefits from this affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital in better and more accessible healthcare,” said New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. “The future is even brighter with this final agreement. I look forward to the future that will lead to a state-of-the-art medical facility at the Southampton campus and an emergency care facility in East Hampton, as well as many other advancements in health care. Congratulations to Southampton CEO Bob Chaloner and the entire Board of Directors of Southampton Hospital.”
Other dignitaries in attendance included Cary F. Staller, Esq., SUNY Board of Trustees and Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees; Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, SUNY Board of Trustees; Marc Cohen, SUNY Board of Trustees; Karen Keogh, Stony Brook Foundation; Stony Brook Council members Frank Trotta and Michael Smith; Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming; Southampton Town Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone; and Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving.
“I’m proud to be a member of a board that saw that the best way to secure the blessings of access to high-quality healthcare for our communities was to join forces with the State University of New York acting through its Stony Brook University Hospital. We are so pleased we chose you to be our partner. It was our best decision,” said Kenneth B. Wright, Chair, Southampton Hospital Association Board.
“Since the founding of Southampton Hospital in 1909, our mission has been to provide access to the highest quality healthcare for the communities of the South Fork,” said Robert Chaloner, Chief Administrative Officer, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. “We are completing this mission — we’re now with Stony Brook going to be able to fulfill this mission in ways that our founders would never have imagined with new services, new technology, with new people and new programs.”
The two hospitals have already successfully collaborated in bringing many new educational and clinical programs to the community.
“During the past five years, Stony Brook and Southampton have already taken many bold steps to develop the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system,” said L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine. “Among other achievements, we have collaborated to attain a provisional Level 3 Trauma Center designation, opened a new hybrid operating room with sophisticated imaging technology, opened a new cardiology practice in Southampton and developed a robust vascular program.”
Additionally, the two hospitals obtained approval for a cardiac catheterization laboratory located at Southampton, which is slated to open on Sept. 5. And earlier this summer, a groundbreaking took place at the site of the future Phillips Family Cancer Center in Southampton, which is expected to be complete in late 2018.
Stony Brook Medicine graduate medical education programs have also been introduced at Southampton — including internship and residency programs for internal medicine and family medicine, plus osteopathic medicine programs in surgery and transitional year resident programs. Additional rotations are planned for Emergency Medicine students and residents.